Swindon has just become a property hotspot - quite literally - as it's been announced it will be the first town in the UK to offer free public Wi-Fi access to its entire population.

The forward thinking members of Swindon Borough Council have revealed plans for all 186,000 citizens to enjoy blanket "Wi-Fi mesh" coverage by April 2010, reports the BBC.

Run by Digital City UK Ltd, the "Signal" service, as it's being dubbed, will be completely free, although residents can chose to pay extra for 20Mb upgrades, although it's said the cost will be less than operators charge.

On the hardware side of things, the service will see around 1400 secure access points fitted around the town.