More public Wi-Fi on the cards for Melbourne

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More public Wi-Fi on the cards for Melbourne

If you work in the Melbourne CBD you might be interested to know that connecting to a free public hotspot looks like being easier in the future.

While 4G is bringing faster wireless broadband downloads, there continue to be more and more pockets of free Wi-Fi springing up in cities.
While public Wi-Fi is offered at Melbourne's Flinders Street Station and Federation Square, the city council hasn't shown the same enthusiasm for a broader rollout that we've seen in several other capitals.
Nevertheless, a number of businesses - including at least one of the city's major shopping arcades - provide their customers with free Wi-Fi.
But there is mention of the intention to "Develop a strategy for Wi-Fi hotspots in the municipality" during the four-year period covered by the City of Melbourne Council Plan for 2013-17 (which we spotted thanks to this article by The Conversation).
The Age reports that discussions are underway between the council and "a major telecommunications company, believed to be Telstra" concerning a Wi-Fi trial.
Free Wi-Fi continues to appear here and there in cities - there'sa plan to setup public Wi-Fi in Adelaide, it's available now in some parts of Brisbane and it's available in Perth, as well as regional centres such as Wollongong.
Arguments in favour of public Wi-Fi usually include making the city more attractive to tourists and international students, as well as providing convenient access to local visitors who just want to check some information, send or receive emails or use social media.
It also provides an additional opportunity for nearby businesses to market themselves to passers-by.


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