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The ambitious nature of Swindon's free Wi-Fi initiative has seen two leading council members recognised for their commitment to innovation.

Chief Executive Gavin Jones and Council Leader Rod Bluh have been praised by the Local Government Chronicle for their attempts at reducing the digital divide.

The publication lists the pair as being the most innovative council leaders in the country, and 13th most influential figures overall, reports

Councillor Bluh conceded that the ambitious wireless broadband rollout has encountered difficulties, but said it was "the thinking behind the project and what it's trying to deliver" that has captured the imagination.

"Just because there have been problems with the roll-out doesn't mean it's fundamentally flawed," he stated.

"People think Swindon is doing exactly the right thing with this project. This is a project that's got legs, and it will walk. And hopefully run."

Earlier this month, the European Parliament claimed that wireless broadband access should be free and open across the 27 EU member states.

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