Free Wi-Fi to get with the times

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

SU­BI­ACO needs to take ac­tion on free public wifi soon, oth­er­wise coun­cil­lors will be left be­hind “dis­cussing the next new tech­nol­ogy in six months”, says Cr Garry Trinder.

Coun­cil unan­i­mously ap­proved a fea­si­bil­ity study as­sess­ing the merit and eco­nomic ben­e­fit of free wire­less in­ter­net in the town cen­tre at a coun­cil meet­ing last week.

Tech­ni­cal ser­vices di­rec­tor Kathy Bonus said the City of Su­bi­aco had bud­geted $40,000 for the study.

“Not pro­vid­ing a free wifi zone in Su­bi­aco in the near fu­ture may be per­ceived by the com­mu­nity and gen­eral public that the City is not a leader in the dig­i­tal age,” place man­ager Sa­man­tha Tar­ling wrote in the staff re­port.

“This ser­vice shows the world that Su­bi­aco is open for busi­ness to com­mence stamp­ing our brand­ing as a hub of in­no­va­tion.”

Cr Paul Cle­ments said many lo­cal coun­cils had al­ready in­tro­duced free wifi in public precincts and build­ings, such as the City of Ned­lands in 2014.

“Com­ing in late, we have the op­por­tu­nity to do it bet­ter,” Cr Cle­ments said.

Cr Mur­ray Rowe said he hoped City staff would con­sider em­ploy­ing Su­bi­aco-based in­ter­net provider iiNet.

Cr Scott Ar­buckle said free wifi would be ad­van­ta­geous to lo­cal busi­nesses.

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