Free Wi-Fi to get with the times
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.