‘Free’ Wi-Fi

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION - AN­DREW WEL­LUM, Cam­borne

Ed­i­tor,

Porirua City Coun­cil is con­sid­er­ing in­tro­duc­ing free Wi-Fi in the CBD.

PCC’s in­ter­est is based on the suc­cess of a sim­i­lar scheme in Pe­tone. De­fine and quan­tify suc­cess?

Moana Wy­att (PCC’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions ad­viser) ad­vises costs are be­ing de­ter­mined. No men­tion of ben­e­fits, so ratepay­ers can be pretty con­fi­dent that means zero fi­nan­cial ben­e­fits.

News flash PCC. Any­thing of value, given away for free, will be suc­cess­ful.

I can ab­so­lutely guar­an­tee that if PCC gives away $10 notes, it will be very suc­cess­ful. And if PCC de­cides to give away $100 notes, it will be even more suc­cess­ful.

In­stead of giv­ing away ratepay­ers money to any­one who wants to hang out in the CBD with a PC or phone, how about giv­ing us back free park­ing, or free rub­bish bags, or lower tip fees for res­i­dents. What about free rail and bus passes, taxi chits and petrol vouch­ers?

It’s so easy to give other peo­ple’s money away. And when it runs out, you just in­crease rates faster than in­fla­tion, like last year, this year, next year.

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