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Public wifi on the airy fairy never never

By johnboy - 15 November 2013 6

IT News has a blood curdling story on doomed-to-fail government plans have some sort of public wifi around town with no actual business plan and ignoring that phone companies are already building solid mobile data networks around town that are sustainable.

While the territory is prepared to front up an initial grant to set up the network, it is looking for a partner who will own and operate the infrastructure for the next five years based on alternative revenue streams such as advertising and paid premium options.

“In-kind contributions” such as advertising space and access to infrastructure are also on offer but the territory maintains “it is essential that there will be no ongoing cost to government for operation of the network”.

Don’t hold your breath for anything good.

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Public wifi on the airy fairy never never
Grrrr 4:10 pm 15 Nov 13

How dare the government meet an election promise and explore the possibility of a public wifi network, which they will provide some initial funds for? OutRAGEous!

I see nothing saying it has to be unmetered. Maccas’ network seems to cope.

johnboy 3:50 pm 15 Nov 13

Wait till you see how unmetered wifi goes for congestion

Gungahlin Al 3:49 pm 15 Nov 13

“Solid mobile data networks around town…”

Bwahahaha! Get me a new keyboard – I coffeed it.

I don’t know about Droptus or Vodafail, but the Telstra 3G and 4G in Civic almost asphixiates every lunch time. And it is permanently on life support in other locations like Watson and Downer.

davo101 3:20 pm 15 Nov 13

PantsMan said :

As socialists, the ACT Government clearly do not understand the how capitalism promotes the provision of new and innovative goods and services by private firms at competitive prices.

Pretty sure socialist know how capitalism works and they probably have a working understanding of market failure. None of which makes this any less of a stupid idea. I’d be interested to know in what form the advertising is supposed to be. Are we talking billboards or sticking ads into the “browsing experience”?

Deref 2:46 pm 15 Nov 13

PantsMan said :

As socialists, the ACT Government clearly do not understand the how capitalism promotes the provision of new and innovative goods and services by private firms at competitive prices.

ROTFL!

Good one, PantsMan! 😀

PantsMan 1:56 pm 15 Nov 13

As socialists, the ACT Government clearly do not understand the how capitalism promotes the provision of new and innovative goods and services by private firms at competitive prices.

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