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First Australian City to Give Free Wifi Across Business District
Source: www.futuregov.asia
Source Date: Friday, November 08, 2013
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: Australia
Created: Nov 12, 2013

The City of Perth is proud to become the first and only Australian capital city giving people free blanket WiFi internet access across its Central Business District (CBD) area.


Officially launched on Wednesday (6 November), ‘Perth WiFi’ provides blanket internet coverage to the Perth CBD public. This means users can freely move around the city while staying connected to the internet and do not need to rely on random ‘hotspots’.


City of Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi, who has been a staunch champion of the need for free public WiFi said Perth’s new free internet service is a key initiative that all major and capital city local governments must support to be truly modern and vitally connected.


“Blanket WiFi coverage is the next step forward from the current standard of wireless internet hotspots used in other Australian cities,” Scaffidi said


“Our free WiFi service will provide much to local businesses and tourists – allowing visitors to access their emails, social media accounts, maps and web sites wherever they are in the CBD - and allow visitors to post pictures of Perth to the world will be a great assistance to our tourism promotion efforts as a picture paints a thousand words.”


Perth WiFi covers the Perth CBD and key public areas including St Georges Terrace, the Murray and Hay Street Malls, Forrest Place and adjoining streets. The tourism precinct of Barrack Square and the iconic Stirling Gardens are also included in the blanket coverage area.


Scaffidi said Perth is a city that is growing and standing tall as a leader of innovation and she has accomplished a major commitment she made on behalf of the Council in her re-election from 2011.


“Free public WiFi is a key economic driver that will further enhance and encourage business and enable visitors to enjoy their city experience even more,” Scaffidi said.


“We’ve set the bar highly with our free internet coverage in the CBD and we will continue to expand this network over time to other key city precincts which will eventually include the Perth City Link area, Northbridge and East and West Perth.”

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