KCOM backs Hull UK City of Culture 2017 with free wi-fi at public events
KCOM is to provide free public wi-fi at several outdoor events throughout 2017 as part of Hull’s City of Culture celebrations.
The provider will also supply a 1Gbps fibre broadband connection to the Hull 2017 offices as part of its role as Principal Communications Partner.
KCOM’s partnership with Hull UK City of Culture 2017 was announced yesterday and comes just a week after the company changed its name from KC Broadband.
As well as making a “significant” financial commitment, KCOM’s support for City of Culture will include the provision of free wi-fi at several events, each attended by up to 20,000 people.
Gary Young, managing director of KCOM’s local business in Hull and East Yorkshire, said: “With more than 140,000 local customers and 900 employees in the region, KCOM is part of the fabric of Hull and East Yorkshire.
“Because of this, we see ourselves as natural partners of the City of Culture and we are passionate about playing our part in making 2017 an outstanding success, delivering economic, cultural and social benefits during the year and long into the future.
“We believe in the transformational impact of culture and the arts, which is why we have been a long-standing supporter of cultural events and arts organisations, including Freedom Festival, the Humber Street Sesh and Ferens Art Gallery.”
'A major asset'
Mr Young said ultrafast connectivity has the power to stimulate creativity and innovation in the arts.
“During 2017 we’ll be working closely with the 2017 team to promote Hull as place where digital connectivity supports artistic expression and the cultural economy.”
Martin Green, chief executive of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, said: “I am absolutely delighted to welcome KCOM on board for 2017.
“KCOM has a long history in Hull and this investment further cements the company’s deep commitment to the city.
“A great deal of art is now created, experienced and shared digitally, so KCOM’s ultrafast fibre network will be a major asset to the city and the cultural programme during 2017 and beyond.”
KCOM last week set out plans to speed up the rollout of fibre broadband in Hull, saying it will connect around 90,000 homes and businesses with fibre to the premises (FTTP) technology over the next 20 months.
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