Swindon Council praised for broadband plans
According to Chris Marling, the editor of advice website Broadband Genie, the move to introduce widespread Wi-Fi across the area was "great" and showed that some local authorities have the right attitude.
He added that the service will be welcomed by those who may have chosen to take up mobile broadband but may have found it has certain limitations.
The expert added: "It will give the people of Swindon another option to meet their broadband requirements, which can only be a good thing.
"We will follow the progress of this scheme with interest."
Under the plans for Swindon, a wireless broadband network will be installed across the whole borough by the council's first public and private commercial venture.
Free internet connections and line rental will be available through the service, although usage will be limited for residents in the area.