Wireless broadband for all represents the part-realisation of the government's Digital Britain aims, according to one technology expert.
Mustafa Arif, Director of IT services provider aQovia, said moves towards ubiquitous access are welcome, especially as the "city Wi-Fi hype" had appeared to die out a few years ago.
He was commenting after Swindon Borough Council announced plans to provide free wireless access to all residents in the town via a new public/private partnership.
Mr Arif said that while there are scant examples of any sustainable networks at present, this could change in the future if sufficient ambition exists.
He claimed that models built around subsidising free access with revenues from wireless-delivered business and community services could be "a viable way forward".
Last week, Rob Lovell, chief executive of IT services provider ThinkGrid, claimed that widespread internet access is enabling an increasing number of employees in the UK to work from home.