New South Wales' local government elections aren't the forum for massive IT&T debates, but the Greens have at least given technologists something to sway their votes with a promise to introduce free WiFi in the City of Sydney and adjoining Marrickville local government area. The Greens' plan calls for the City of Sydney to …
And the Greens wonder why people see them as latte sipping metro hypocrites... Sure... let's give free WiFi to the centre of the CBD... it's not like there is a plethora of WiFi already there... It's not like those dirty people the "rural" areas might be better served by the funding...
The Green Councillors are looking out for who they represent....
... and who they represent are the citizens of inner-city Marrickville. Yes, it would be lovely to have Wi-Fi in the bush, but the Councillors wouldn't be able to do anything about it because it's not in their power to do so. That would be a decision for the relevant local governments, the state or the federal government.
Or to put it another way: Boris Johnson's the mayor of London, is he not? Imagine if he started talking about free Wi-Fi in Manchester or Glasgow. I don't think it would go down well, even if free Wi-Fi is a good thing.
I think you've confused the Green movement with the Australian Greens (a political party which is trying to increase its representation).
They have forgotten the TINSTAAFL Law - AGAIN!
Ther Is No Such Thing As A Free Lunch.
Someone has to pay for it. Eventually it will be the ratepayers.
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