A Barnsley town centre wi-fi network has launched today to allow people to connect to the net free of charge.

During the last six months, Barnsley Council has been working with AWTG Ltd to install a public access wi-fi network in Barnsley town centre. There has been no cost to the council in establishing the network and there will be no costs to run it.

The network will operate for a minimum of two years. It is hoped that the ability to access free wi-fi will attract shoppers into Barnsley town centre and that it will encourage people to use the Internet to see the benefits that this could have to their everyday lives.

Access to the council’s wi-fi will be available in outdoor areas of the town centre. Users will need to register to use the network and they will need to agree to standard terms and conditions which include a fair usage policy.

The network has been provided by AWTG Ltd, who are trialling the technology. Wi-fi enabled devices will be able to detect "BarnsleyFreeWiFi" from today.