20 free wi-fi hotspots coming to Toowoomba

TOOWOOMBA Regional Council and Telstra are partnering to provide free public wi-fi at key locations across the region.

Twenty hot spots in the Toowoomba CBD, parks and regional towns are scheduled to come on line during June allowing residents and visitors access to 30 minutes of free wi-fi each day.

Mayor Paul Antonio said the initiative was a key plank of the Toowoomba region digital economy strategy which council adopted last year.

"Council is leading the way by introducing these hot spots for the use in the community," Cr Antonio said. "Having access to the internet has become a fundamental part of modern life and this service will offer free wi-fi across the Toowoomba region.

"We've chosen locations like the CBD, major parks and sporting fields where we think access will prove popular and cater to a wide variety of users," he said.

"This will allow residents and visitors to stream music, catch up on their favourite TV show or browse the web when they're out and about day and night."

Cr Antonio said enhancing the inner city was another step in making Toowoomba an attractive business hub of the future.

"Many cities have introduced high-speed data networks and provide access to free wi-fi connectivity. This is part of the modern, business environment," he said.

"There are now more than three million Australian internet users who use public hotspots to supplement their internet access.

"Our new system will allow users to enjoy internet coverage on the go with no dropouts or connectivity issues. This will complement the free wi-fi that council offers in Civic Square, the new library precinct and across our regional library network."

Cr Antonio said the Toowoomba region digital economy strategy was a key piece of policy to help build the city of tomorrow.

"Toowoomba is ready to move into the digital arena which promises to fundamentally alter the business landscape. Digital technology is transforming our shopping, banking, service and even our social habits," he said.

"Tourists can access their emails, social media accounts, maps and websites whenever and wherever they are in the CBD - and then post pictures of Toowoomba to the world."

Cr Antonio said council would continue to monitor the usage of the sites and see if a roll-out of further hot spots was warranted.

Where to find the free wi-fi

Toowoomba CBD: The corner of Margaret and Duggan St; Corner of Margaret and Neil St; Corner of Margaret St and Club Lane; Ruthven St between St and Margaret Sts; Ruthven St between Union and Ruthven Sts; Bell St Mall; The Village Green.

Toowoomba parks: Queens Park; Laurel Bank Park; Picnic Point; Clewley Park; Nellie E Robinson Park and Captain Cook Oval.

Regional areas: Peacehaven Park, Highfields; Centenary Park, Crows Nest; Anzac Park, Millmerran; Centenary Park, Pittsworth; Edward St, Clifton; Campbell St, Oakey; Toomey St, Yarraman.

The free Public wi-fi coverage will extend in about a 50 metre radius of each hot spot.

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