Log on to have your say on free wi-fi


08 Feb 2013

As plans progress for a trial of free public wi-fi internet access on the Cairns Esplanade, Cairns Regional Council is seeking prospective users of the service to sign up for a feedback forum that will help determine the trial’s success.

The nine-month wi-fi pilot is expected to start in April, providing free internet coverage along the Esplanade from Spence Street to Aplin Street, taking in the Pier, lagoon, carpark and Fogarty Park areas.

Cairns City Library and Babinda Library will also be included in the trial.

Mayor Bob Manning said free wi-fi access had been identified as a service that was of growing important to both tourists and local residents.

Cairns is a major international and domestic tourist destination and there is an expectation that tourist-friendly cities provide some form of free wi-fi service,” Cr Manning said.

“It is also a resource that we expect to be well-used by locals, particularly in assisting research and information gathering through our library services.

“Depending on the outcome of the trial, the service may be rolled out to other public areas.”

During the trial period, feedback will be invited via Council’s Your Say forums – an online discussion group that allows people to comment anonymously, once they have registered as a forum member.

“If you haven’t already registered as a Your Say forum member, this project is a good reason to,” Cr Manning said.

The forum will allow Council to interact with people who are using the wi-fi service to receive open, honest feedback.

“We will be interested to hear from people about the strength and speed of the service and where, how and why they are using it,” Cr Manning said.

“Anyone who is likely to use the free wi-fi service is invited to join the forum and be a part of the trial.”

Your Say is free and easy to join and comments are posted under a screen name chosen by the member.

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