Bout time if you ask me:
City set for free Wi-Fi trial, but lagging behind other capitals
October 18, 2013
Melbourne City Council is set to trial a free public Wi-Fi service in the city, but it will need to act fast to catch up to smaller capital cities racing ahead with bigger plans.
The council is in talks with a major telecommunications company, believed to be Telstra, about a demonstration project that would guide the future of Wi-Fi in Melbourne.
While Melbourne lord mayor Robert Doyle said it was still unclear when the trial would begin, he said he hoped it would start as soon as possible.
''This is not something I want to sit on,'' he said.
Cr Doyle said the council had not decided where the trial would be, but wanted to stay away from businesses that already offered free Wi-Fi to their customers.
After the trial was completed, he said the council would consider whether there was a case for a bigger public internet project and, if so, what locations it would service and if it could be provided free.