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ACT Greens make big Wi-Fi election promises

By - 25 July 2012 96

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The ACT Greens have made election commitments to hold a one-year trial free Wi-Fi hotspots at Canberra bus interchanges and free Wi-Fi hubs in Civic. They also aim to enable at least ten buses with Wi-Fi. The trial will cost $100,000.

I can definitely see the young’uns getting excited about this one. Any thoughts?
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ACT Greens make big Wi-Fi election promises
milkman 4:38 pm 25 Jul 12

Buses are for losers. Besides, I already have wi-fi in my car.

arescarti42 4:32 pm 25 Jul 12

Most people who would be inclined to access the internet whilst catching the bus probably already do so via the data service on their smart phones/tablet computers.

pirate_taco 4:31 pm 25 Jul 12

I’m not convinced that the public cost of $100k to set up “at least 10 buses” and the interchanges for one year is worth the benefit of free WiFi for the short time you are on or waiting for a bus.

Sharing a single 3g/4g net connection on a bus via wifi to 50+ people doesn’t sound like a very great idea, and the vast majority of people who would want to access the internet would likely have access to 3g/4g phone that they could use to WiFi tether anyway.

Labor has also already committed $12.5 million to a real time passenger information system, which could implement this at minimal additional cost – http://info.cmcd.act.gov.au/archived-media-releases/media9420.html?v=10918&m=53&s=7

Work together people.

Mr Gillespie 4:29 pm 25 Jul 12

Oh my God, talk about reckless spending……

The Greens are worse than Labor! This and the on-road cycling lanes are huge and irresponsible wastes of good money that could be better spent on healthcare and other USEFUL things in society!!!

c_c 4:17 pm 25 Jul 12

RiotACT would be Community Journalism rather than Social Media, in that it’s still curated.

simonleeds 4:17 pm 25 Jul 12

c_c said :

This is why the Greens must never be allowed to govern, or to again have deciding cross votes.

seriously.. if either of the major parties had proposed it it would be considered to be savvy politics, the Greens do it and obviously it’s the end of the economy/world. don’t let the fact that plenty of other cities have similar schemes get in the way of a good Greens-bashing.

Jivrashia 4:15 pm 25 Jul 12

G-Fresh said :

What is “Social Media” btw?

This site, for example.

Thumper 3:59 pm 25 Jul 12

How about getting the buses to run more effectively and efficiently?

Solidarity 3:58 pm 25 Jul 12

patrick_keogh said :

Solidarity said :

If you’re catching a bus you probably can’t afford a laptop anyway.

Sweeping generalisation. Given the cost of parking in Civic you could probably rewrite this as “If you start catching the bus you’ll be able to afford a laptop”. Your reduced commuting cost will pay for a new laptop, ultrabook or top of the line smartphone every year.

You’ll need more than one a year if you’re using in the presense of interchange junkies

patrick_keogh 3:55 pm 25 Jul 12

Solidarity said :

If you’re catching a bus you probably can’t afford a laptop anyway.

Sweeping generalisation. Given the cost of parking in Civic you could probably rewrite this as “If you start catching the bus you’ll be able to afford a laptop”. Your reduced commuting cost will pay for a new laptop, ultrabook or top of the line smartphone every year.

G-Fresh 3:55 pm 25 Jul 12

In Civic they could just amplify the maccas signal.

What is “Social Media” btw?

c_c 3:49 pm 25 Jul 12

This is why the Greens must never be allowed to govern, or to again have deciding cross votes.

That is a ridiculous expense, particularly when the budget is in the red already. And you can bet it will quickly get abused by nefarious sorts. Free internet is not an essential public service.

Solidarity 3:44 pm 25 Jul 12

If you’re catching a bus you probably can’t afford a laptop anyway.

PantsMan 3:43 pm 25 Jul 12

Wow – The Greens propose giving things out to people free. What could go wrong?

As an example, a person catching the 111 from Calwell to Civic or the 313 from
Charnwood to Civic could use free Wi-Fi for about 45 minutes every morning to do
work, write emails, or use social media.”

And LOL – The Greens tell people what they could do on the Internet.

mneuling 3:23 pm 25 Jul 12

The 1990s called….

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