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Sydney’s free wireless network on hold.

24 March, 2008
By Allison Orr

The NSW State Government’s plans to provide a free wireless broadband network in city areas is nearly 12 months behind schedule and is now on hold.

The network, promised by Premier Morris Iemma in last year’s state election, would have provided free wi-fi in the Sydney CBD, North Sydney, Parramatta, Penrith and Liverpool, Newcastle and Gosford to anyone with a wireless enabled device.  A tender and selection process for the project was to have been completed by the end of the year, but at this stage it has not gone to tender, and the government will not give a start-up date.

A spokesperson for the NSW Department of Commerce said it was still evaluating 15 expressions of interest.

Update 5 May 2008:
The Iemma Government has announced that it has abandoned the creation of a free wireless broadband network in Sydney’s CBD.

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