By the reading of today’s Kilkenny Advertiser, moves are being made by Kilkenny Borough Council to make Kilkenny “the first city in Ireland to provide universal free wireless internet access” in and around the city itself. Given Kilkenny’s positioning as the “creative capital” of Ireland and the success of recent events like PodCamp Ireland, a “free wireless” city would be a massive boost for Kilkenny.
Of course, this is already rolled out in Carlow so it looks like Kilkenny don’t want to be left playing catchup to the neighbours.
A notice of motion was passed at this month’s meeting of Kilkenny Borough Council calling for the council to undertake to examine the possibility of Kilkenny becoming the first city in Ireland to provide universal free wireless internet access throughout the city area.
Cllr Sean O’ hArgain asked that a working group of councillors and officials be established with a view to progressing the project this year.
“This would allow the use of modern technology to visitors to the city, business people and our own citizens. The county manager has already assisted Carlow with this project successfully and Dublin city centre is also considering the option. Starbucks cafes around the world provide free wireless access as do many hotels, however, it’s not that available in Kilkenny,” he said.
As much as I would applaud an initiative such as this being succesfull I am always doubtfull of them. More often than not city councils make these statements without actually understanding the implications and mechanics of such a network and service.
Carlows’ network is mentioned but this only has a limited functionality. It is of prime importance that a study is carried out in th needs and expectations of all parties involved with this network.
Considering all that I am personally more than willing to give some advise to Kilkenny Council. So ken if you have any contacts there you can pass on my details…
Evert, if I can dig out details I’ll be sure and pass them on. I’ve regular contact with one or two council members.
I’ve passed on this blog post and your comments to the councillor referenced in the article, his own site available at OHargain.com.
Thanks for mention Ken. I’ll contact Evert and I do stress that we are only at the research stage. We will be enlisting help of users and practitioners down the line. This is not just an empty statement and this is the second time I have publicly raised the issue. Hope to get blogging at weekend as it’s been a while, and keep up the good work guys.
Sean, thanks for getting back to me. I’d be interested in any early feedback or progress reports as the research develops or moves towards publishing findings. Perhaps you can blog about it yourself?
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