Waikato Times: City plan for free internet

Daniel Adams writes in the Waikato Times about plans being put before Hamilton’s councillors for free wi-fi in the city’s CBD.

Dubbed HamNet, it could cost $110,000 in the first year, with additional funding needed to keep it running thereafter.

An excerpt: (read in full here)

“It comes less than a week after Dunedin City Council said it was to provide free wi-fi access for web users in the central Octagon.

“Hamilton’s network – dubbed HamNet – would allow anyone with laptops or smart phones with wireless capability to connect to the internet through coverage provided by radio transmitters.

“The report proposed the council approach existing commercial wireless internet service providers in the CBD to create a network covering Victoria St from Claudelands Rd to Hood St, and including Garden Place.”