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A council project that provides free wireless access for some London residents has been supported by broadband providers.

Sophia Henri, public relations manager of Cityspace - the group behind the initiative - said that the scheme met no objections from internet service providers (ISPs) that operate in the area.

Ms Henri stated that the StreetNet project had improved wireless access for many residents living in the London borough of Islington, adding that it has been expanded to cover an area four times the original catchment size.

The zone currently covered includes various housing estates, allowing a large number of people to get high-speed internet access where it was previously unavailable, she commented, asserting that it had been particularly useful for disenfranchised groups.

"Ultimately the council has taken the responsibility for bridging the digital divide; creating a level playing field for all residents, businesses and visitors to the area," she concluded.

The Islington council website explains that the service can be used by anyone who has access to a laptop or wireless-enabled PDA.

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