Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Free CBD Wi-Fi Creates Buzz; Business Panel Wants Lismore Online by End of the Year

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Free CBD Wi-Fi Creates Buzz; Business Panel Wants Lismore Online by End of the Year

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Byline: Sophie Moeller sophie.moeller@northernstar.com.au

BLANKET wi-fi throughout Lismore's CBD could be in place by the end of the year if plans by the city's Business Promotional Program (LBPP) get the go ahead.

The LBPP's Business Panel is in the process of investigating free wi-fi throughout the CBD and is commissioning Telstra to do an installation scope and technical survey in July.

The proposal would be funded under the LBPP to create more of a buzz in the CBD by encouraging shoppers and diners to stay in the district a little longer.

Telstra has six Telstra Air wi-fi hotspots within the greater CBD which council hopes to utilise.

It is believed an additional four to six hotspots will be needed in order to provide blanket wi-fi throughout the CBD.

According to Lismore City Centre manager Jason Mumford the concept is in its infancy but is an important proposal for the future of Lismore.

"Throughout the world, wi-fi is now commonplace and people expect to be

able to access the internet while shopping, dining or visiting a city centre," Jason said. …

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