Diary: New York wifi plans hits snag

First to New York, where Diary hears that mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to give every resident and business free broadband access by 2025 has hit a snag. Around 400 high-speed wifi kiosks were rolled out across the city, with "wifi ambassadors" to show residents how they work.

However, LinkNYC, which installed the kiosks, has announced that it is removing web browsing from all the tablets attached to the kiosks, because some users are hogging them. NBC New York reported that the decision had come after complaints that homeless people were using them to watch porn.

Next to Anglesey, north Wales, where the Planning Inspectorate (PINS)'s failure to provide a Welsh translator for a public meeting sparked a walkout.

PINS arranged the meeting at Canolfan Ebeneser, Llangefni, to inform residents about the planning process for major infrastructure schemes.

According to reports, those wishing to speak Welsh during the meeting were prevented from doing so because there was no translator. Proceedings had to be conducted in English, prompting some to leave.

Mark Southgate, PINS's director of major applications and plans, apologised "wholeheartedly".

Finally, news from heritage watchdog Historic England. The body has announced that three Elizabethan and Jacobean bear-baiting arenas on London's Bankside have been protected as scheduled monuments.

Historic England says that baiting of bears, bulls and horses by dogs was "enormously popular sport" in the 16th and 17th centuries, and that five bear gardens were built in the Bankside area of Southwark. While it is rare for pits to survive, archaeological investigations have discovered the remains and foundations of three arenas, which have now been protected.


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