Swindon is set to be the first town in Britain to offer internet access to all of its population via a WiFi mesh. The project is being jointly funded by the council and private enterprise.
There is a catch though. People who want a faster connection than that supplied will have to pay for the upgrade. Still, I imagine for many, the normal speed will be sufficient and it is FREE.
As I have said on several occasions, Bigastro offers Internet access to all its citizens via the Bigastel service. Whilst it isn’t free, it is a darned sight cheaper than any other alternative. So, Swindon might be on the “cutting edge” in Britain but Bigastro was ahead of the game by a couple of years.