The World's First Internet-Enabled Park Bench – Bury Saint Edmunds, England - Atlas Obscura

The World's First Internet-Enabled Park Bench

Long before wi-fi, this public seat provided the wonder of being online while outdoors. 

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The world’s first internet bench can be found on the grounds of the Bury St Edmunds Abbey Gardens. This forward-thinking marvel was a joint initiative between MSN.co.uk and St. Edmundsbury Borough Council in 2001. The limited technology of dial-up internet was accessed in the arms of the bench, using two covered USB ports. With the advances made over the years (even a small town like Bury St Edmunds has public wifi), the bench is no longer activated.

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Located on the grounds of the Bury St Edmunds Abbey Gardens.