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BE broadband provide free connection to local community hotspots
Thursday 17 December 2009 15:59:34 by John Hunt

BE broadband have announced that they will be providing Freerunner, a free public WiFi service, with free broadband connections to create free WiFi hotspots for local communities currently without existing connections. 46 such communities have been selected to receive free WiFi for a minimum of three years as part of a competition launched in September by Freerunner.

"We are very excited to have BE on board as our first corporate partner. BE will be providing a broadband connection to those that don't have any connection at all, completely free of charge as part of this project. It is incredible to think that a small piece of relatively low cost technology is going to fundamentally change nearly 50 communities across the UK."

Owen Geddes, (CEO) Freerunner

More details about the community broadband project and a list of locations that will receive access are available at


Posted by CARPETBURN over 7 years ago
Well done to BE :) a fair scattering of spots throughout the country considering its only 46
Posted by elder666 over 7 years ago
Yes well done for forgetting. N.Ireland. I live 6Km from exchange and only get 0.5 MB connection with ADSL Max, I have a 3G enabled 3 Mobile mast 0.5KM from my house but the signal is so poor its unbelievable.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 7 years ago
^^^ And BE should be blamed for what part of that???
Posted by Somerset over 7 years ago
What's the range of these installations? Looks like most are just in individual community buildings.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 7 years ago
^^^ Like the title says then "local community hotspots"
Posted by cyberdoyle over 7 years ago
Should be funny, BT are coming out to visit the local area as a community near me has been awarded an installation. No LLU for BE here. No lines, everyone already on DACS. Think freerunner will end up with a satellite as there is no mobile reception here either. Will be interesting...
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