Free Wellington wi-fi officially launched

Launch comes on same day 'three strikes' law comes into force

Somewhat ironically, Wellington City Council's free wi-fi service for the capital's CBD is to be officially launched today, the same day as the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act comes into force. Much has been made of whether internet providers, rather than individuals that use internet facilities provided by providers, are liable under the new Act, commonly known as the "three strikes" law. Wellington City Council senior strategy adviser Philippa Bowron told www.stuff.co.nz that legal advice had been taken surrounding the new law against downloading copyrighted material and the council was happy the new service would comply. A media release from the Council announcing the launch reads: "Free wifi is now available in outdoor areas from the Stadium to the Embassy Cinema, encompassing the waterfront, the Golden Mile and Cuba Street. "Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown, along with representatives from Kiwibank and CityLink, will be in Midland Park at 12.30pm today, armed with laptops, iPhones and other portable digital devices and will log on to help launch and publicise the new wifi network. "Mayor Wade-Brown invites digitally-savvy Wellingtonians to come down to the park and join in." The free wi-fi initiative is supported by KiwiBank and CityLink. MAP: Free wifi areas in Wellington CBD

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