Free wi-fi pilot for Ballarat and Bendigo08/12/2014
The Victorian Government has launched a pilot of free public Wi-Fi in central Melbourne, central Ballarat and central Bendigo, aimed at developing tourism, education, social inclusion, encouraging new business models, and creating a consistent Wi-Fi experience for residents and visitors.
The Wi-Fi project is funded for five years with a one-off $6.7 million grant provided to iiNet to build, manage and maintain the network. The free Wi-Fi pilot will deliver more than 1000 access points in the three cities.
With Victoria’s free public Wi-Fi, users will:
- be able to access the network outdoors, at street level
- be able to download up to 250MB per day
- have no time limits
- not have to provide personal emails or log-in details
- not be ‘pushed’ extra advertising from the service
The first Regional hotspot locations
Wi-Fi will start in three locations; central Ballarat and central Bendigo and central Melbourne, with more being rolled-out throughout 2015.
Wi-Fi is now available at the following locations:
- Central Melbourne: Queen Victoria Market, Queen Street/Victoria Street entrance area
- Central Ballarat: Sturt Street at Queen Victoria Square, opposite Ballarat Town Hall
- Central Bendigo: View Street Arts Precinct (Bendigo Art Gallery)
More hotspots will become available within the pilot areas.
How to connect to the Network
Connecting to the Victorian free public Wi-Fi network can be done in four easy steps:
- Locate your nearest Wi-Fi hotspot
- Go to the Wi-Fi settings on your mobile device and select VicGovFreeWiFi
- Follow the prompts on the screen to connect
- Start using Wi-Fi.
No details such as email, passwords, or other personal data, need to be provided to use the free outdoor public Wi-Fi.
For help with using the Victorian free public Wi-Fi network, please contact iiNet on 1300 668 847.