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Freerunner has unveiled a new Wi-Fi network that will give UK consumers free broadband access.

Announced today (May 20th), the service will be delivered in community and commercial settings, including schools, libraries, pubs, cafes and restaurants.

Based on open source technology, the Freerunner network has a 'distributed network architecture' and therefore does not require data centres, making it quick, reliable and cost-effective.

The main intention is to bring reliable broadband to areas of the UK that currently have a limited service.

Free-to-use access points will be installed in venues that choose to house the Freerunner service.

Owen Geddes, Chief Executive of Freerunner, said that since open access points were first introduced in 2002, their availability appears to have become limited and expensive.

He said: "Our vision is to give consumers free public Wi-Fi access whether they are in the centre of London, the community centre at the end of their road or the local cafe in Hartlepool."

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