Free WIFI for train stations in Brisbane metro area

Principal Petitioner Peter Hayden, Runcorn
Date Closed Mon, 20 May 2019 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 19 signatures

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Residents draw to the attention of the Brisbane City Council the lack of WIFI services currently offered at Brisbane's train stations. Wireless internet is becoming a necessity in everyday life and access to it needs to be made available especially at major transport hubs such as train stations. Installing WIFI at train stations would also be a great boost to the tourism industry as well as a potential source of revenue to Council that could use data mining technology in conjunction with the WIFI network to sell advertising to those that use it. Similar schemes are already underway in other local council areas such as Surfers Paradise and Brisbane already has a public WIFI installed in many parks and libraries.

Your petitioners therefore request that the Brisbane City Council expand it's free public WIFI network and install it at all train stations in the Brisbane City Council metro area.

Council response

Free Wi-Fi is one way in which Council is creating a more connected and accessible city. Council has now delivered a Wi-Fi network across Brisbane, with more than 300 access points in parks, public spaces, libraries and ferry terminals.

In 2016, the then Lord Mayor Graham Quirk announced a $1 million commitment to the rollout of Wi-Fi in eight suburban centres. Under this program, Wi-Fi has been delivered in Stones Corner, Nundah Village, Sandgate Village, Wynnum CBD, St Lucia, Moorooka, Sunnybank Hills and Spring Hill. This program has now been completed. In addition, Council delivered Wi-Fi to 20 ferry terminals in 2018.

With regard to Wi-Fi access at train stations in Brisbane, your request should be directed to Queensland Rail as Council does not have jurisdiction over these locations. Should you wish to contact Queensland Rail by mail, the address is Queensland Rail, GPO BOX 1429, Brisbane QLD 4001.

While Council cannot assist with your request, I can assure you that Council will continue to maintain its existing Wi-Fi network, and will consider further expansion as necessary.