A town is to become the first in the UK to provide free wireless internet access to all its residents.
Swindon, in Wiltshire, will be covered by a "WiFi mesh" offering blanket internet coverage for its 186,000 citizens, the council said.
The £1 million project will be funded by a mixture of public and private money.
But it hopes to break into profit with residents subscribing to faster, paid-for access, above the free service.
Some 1,400 secure access points will be fitted around Swindon, similar to those used in homes "but with a much higher performance".
The borough council worked with local businessman Rikki Hunt, who came up with the concept, and digital technology firm aQovia to create a new company - Digital City UK.
Under the brand name Signal, it will roll out the technology throughout the town.
Line rental is free and there is no connection charge. The public will be able to access the internet and download emails for without charge but usage will be limited.
Anti-virus software, and popular services offered by Microsoft and Google will all be on the network. There are also plans to deliver information such as real-time information on home electricity usage and air quality monitoring.
The technology also promises to 'revolutionise' home and business security with remote CCTV, which can work via laptops.