Free WiFi

Geelong's northern suburbs set for free Wi-Fi

Wednesday, 31 October 2018 2:06 PM

The Victorian Government announcement of a $1.8 million grant is great news for residents and businesses in Geelong’s northern suburbs.

The grant, which is spread over four years, will give the City an opportunity to expand the free Wi-Fi network throughout the northern suburbs.

It will also help address issues around digital connectivity and disparities of access.

The importance of the community having digital access is reflected in the clever and creative vision.

A measure of success for this vision is for Greater Geelong to achieve a Digital Inclusive Index score greater than 70. Currently the region ranks at 58.7.

Enhanced broadband services will help achieve this by providing internet speeds up to 10 times faster than currently available.
People will be able to download up to 1GB free a day, with 135 Wi-Fi access points across 34 locations.

The City will consult with the local community early in 2019 to determine the final and most beneficial locations for the free Wi-Fi.

This project also links to the Smart Cities and Suburbs grant the City received earlier this year, by providing Smart City Infrastructure and connectivity for community benefit.

Quotes attributed to Acting Mayor Peter Murrihy:
Digital inclusion is a priority for the City of Greater Geelong. As more of our daily activities move online there is a growing need to be digitally savvy and be able to fully participate in economic and social aspects of life. Today’s announcement will ensure that digital access is available for more people in our region.

Quotes attributed to Cr Anthony Aitken, Windermere ward:
This investment is a great outcome for Northern Geelong residents and businesses and aligns with our community’s clever and creative vision by improving digital access and unlocking the opportunities enabled by faster and better connections.

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