This week Victoria launched its free public WiFi pilot program with the Queen Victoria Market, central Bendigo and central Ballarat being the first areas to showcase the technology.
The three sites provide Victoria’s answer to the already-functioning public WiFi zones in Canberra, Perth, Adelaide and Liverpool in New South Wales as well as those in major cities around the world, including New York.
“It will help to improve the tourism experience, draw more digital entrepreneurs to Victoria, support small businesses and the education sector and provide additional communications support during emergencies,” Dr Napthine said.
To begin with, the WiFi service provided will be free of advertisements. However, there has been no guarantee offered that this will last, with an obvious array of revenue-generating potential to consider. The WiFi service is set to be open to everyone with no password required to connect.