Wi-Fi: DCC favours Octagon businesses to exclusion of others

It doesn’t get much thicker than this.

### ODT Online Tue, 18 Aug 2009
Free wireless internet for Octagon to be trialled
By Chris Morris
Plans to trial a free wireless internet service have been approved by the Dunedin City Council. Councillors at yesterday’s full council meeting voted to accept a recommendation to trial the wireless (Wi-Fi) internet initiative, which came from a meeting of the council’s economic development committee last month.
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Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

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8 responses to “Wi-Fi: DCC favours Octagon businesses to exclusion of others

  1. Elizabeth

    Burble… might as well visit Dunedin Public Library, just off the Octagon, and enjoy the existing free internet service on the First Floor.

    ### ODT Online Sat, 1 May 2010
    Octagon Wi-Fi service to begin next Friday
    By Eileen Goodwin
    The Octagon’s free wireless internet (Wi-Fi) service is set to start next Friday. For a year, the Dunedin City Council will provide free Wi-Fi in the Octagon, in the hope a private provider will fund it after that.
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    Why is DCC privileging Octagon businesses???? They can pay for their own Wi-Fi by building it into their business plans – it’s called ‘enterprise’ and smart customer services.

    • Elizabeth

      ### ODT Online Mon, 21 Jun 2010
      Cull touts benefits of free city internet
      By Elspeth McLean
      Providing limited free access to a digital wireless network across the city might not be particularly expensive and could bring unexpected benefits to the city, Cr Dave Cull says. At a function organised by the New Zealand Health IT Cluster in Dunedin last week, Cr Cull compared developing a free wireless network to the roading system. Cr Cull, who chairs the Dunedin City Council’s digital strategy steering group, said building a digital infrastructure was similar to the early days of road construction, with many of the benefits as yet unknown in a field which was rapidly developing.
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  2. Anonymous

    The equipment installed has book value of approximately $1500. Someone got rolled.

    {Holy hell. -Eds}

  3. James

    I’m willing to accept that “setting up the service” entails more than the equipment. But on the face of it the monthly running costs seem really high. I start to wonder if they are paying rent for the space where the equipment is installed?

  4. Anonymous

    It’s not bad…you can sign up under a false name, don’t have to accept the terms and conditions and are instantly granted Web access. Perfect.

  5. Anonymous

    My litle bird (who is seldom wrong) tells me that the current service may be less than useful due to capacity issues and that possibly someone should look at the whole Scorch/CRS/Unifone relationship with respect to where the tender process came from in the first place.

  6. Anonymous

    if you know anything about wi-fi, generally you would know that to provide service, the antenna on the access point should be in an approximately vertical configuration….and that observing the current state of the antenna providing the free wi-fi in the Octagon at the Terrace Bar, might observe a more “horizontal” character to the arrangement…

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