Its all very well my saying that free wireless internet (wifi)
is important to Wellington, but specifically, how do we go about it?
For starters, the technologys already there. Anyone
walking around Wellington central with a mobile device has probably come
across a signal.
Heres what I want to find a way to do for all
of us in Wellington.
We start with trials on city property, such as the library
and Civic Square.
Secondly, theres going to be a bandwidth cap,
which Im sure most of you can understand.
Thirdly, itll be paid for by advertisingon
the log-in screen.
As to privacy issues, I think anyone who knows the technology
around this will argue that its no better or worse than the broadband
that many of you have at home already.
Why do it?
Its a no-brainer. It encourages more businesses to come to Wellington.
Which means more jobs.
And that means therell be more people paying ratesso
on my watch, we can keep a check on the rates increases.
Its going to be great in terms of growing the
city and bring revenue in.
It also cements Wellington as the high-tech capital that many mayors and
councils have said they want it to bebut have not done enough to
And with Dunedin already beginning its trials, were
going to be playing catch-up mode should I be elected. The difference
is that at least I am a convert and have a proven record in tech and new
venturesso Ill drive this in a big way.
From my point-of-view, its either electing someone
wholl only give this lip service, or someone who gets it, and has
a track record of understanding the benefits of the internet.
Balancing the budget
The city might even proﬁt on free wiﬁ
by selling space on the log-in screen. And if the city makes money, we
lower our deﬁcitand we wont place as big a demand on
We keep encouraging tourists here and yet we cant give
them one of the most basic necessities of the 21st century. When
they come here during the 2011 Rugby World Cup, free wifi will help
drive visitors to Wellington businesses, wholl feature on
Dont the ISPs and telecom companies lose?
Not really. Actually, they stand to gain extra customers because
of the data cap well have on the city service. You can do
some basic stuff with the city service, but if you want to download
big files, then youll need to go with an ISP.
Even the hotels wont lose. They charge pretty
exorbitant rates for the internet and get a lot of profitbut
free wifi in the city might encourage additional visitors to Wellington,
along with taking away a reason to not return, so it balances out.