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More north London residents are in line for free Wi-Fi access after Islington council announced that it is to extend coverage of its wireless broadband scheme.

Since 2006, inhabitants of the borough have been able to access Wi-Fi along the 4km distance of the area's two main streets, Upper Street and Essex Road.

However, the scheme, which may now need to change its name from the Wi-Fi Technology Mile, is now to be extended in the name of promoting social inclusion and encouraging them to brush up on their IT skills.

John Lowin, head of Islington's technology solutions group, told "We are closing the digital divide by saying: ‘Why not put it on an estate? And we have discovered that having put it on the estates, it is widely used."

Thanks to the scheme wireless broadband access is currently available to 10,000 homes in the area.

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