Smartlinx3 of­fers wire­less in­ter­net

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

An al­ter­na­tive lo­ca­tion for a Bizhub in Porirua is be­ing ex­plored and broad­band firm Smartlinx3 could pro­vide wire­less in­ter­net for the city cen­tre, Porirua City Coun­cil re­vealed last week.

The Bizhub plans were an­nounced this time last year.

The idea was to turn the old Pete’s Em­po­rium build­ing into a multi-storey hub where com­pa­nies could rent space.

De­sign work cost $45,000, but Porirua City Coun­cil had to ac­cept de­feat be­cause no pri­vate in­vestors signed on.

The con­cept was still on the ta­ble, the coun­cil’s city cen­tre com­mit­tee heard last week.

An­other lo­ca­tion is be­ing sought – coun­cil- owned sites in­clude Ferry Place and Ha­gley St – and Smartlinx3 would be part fu­ture ne­go­ti­a­tions.

‘‘We have the op­por­tu­nity to part­ner with an in­ter­net in­fra­struc­ture com­pany that can give tech­ni­cal sup­port and meet other costs,’’ coun­cil busi­ness de­vel­op­ment man­ager Chris Lipscombe said. ‘‘There is a chance for very fast wire­less ser­vice for the Cob­ham Court area.’’

Com­mit­tee mem­ber John Feast

of said get­ting more busi­ness and people into the heart of the city was cru­cial.

‘‘We have a pop­u­la­tion that does not come into the ur­ban cen­tre and this [Smartlinx3] part­ner­ship has a lot of po­ten­tial.’’

Deputy mayor ’Ana Cof­fey said she was ‘‘shaky’’ on the Bizhub pro­posal and any fu­ture de­ci­sions would be po­lit­i­cal, and have to be passed by coun­cil’s Te Komiti.

Mayor Nick Leggett echoed Ms Cof­fey’s sen­ti­ment and said he had is­sues with a lo­cal author­ity putting ratepay­ers’ money into a Bizhub.

‘‘There are more press­ing things for us to deal with; this is a ‘nice to have’.’’

Mr Lipscombe said a sur­vey of businesses would al­low the coun­cil to gather feed­back on whether a Bizhub was wanted.

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