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Free Wi-Fi announced for bus interchanges in Darwin

TRANSPORT Minister Adam Giles last week said the Northern Territory Government is continuing to invest in improving the Territory's public transport system, with free Wi-Fi to be provided for public bus commuters at Darwin, Palmerston and Casuarina bus interchanges from mid-February.

Mr Giles said the initiative was about building a modern, convenient public transport system, adding that he is keen to consider other projects to enhance the services provided with the public bus network.

According to the government, the service is expected to cost $60,000 to install and run for the first year, before falling to around $21,000 in subsequent years.

Mr Giles said Easyweb Digital, which has a branch office in Darwin, will install and host the free service that will operate in a similar fashion to City of Darwin's Wi-Fi in the Smith Street mall.

"Any commuter with a smartphone, tablet, iPad or laptop will be able to access the free Wi-Fi at bus interchanges and inappropriate sites will be blocked, which will be outlined in the terms and conditions of use," Mr Giles said.

There will be a time limit and access restrictions on usage, likely to be based on access for up to 90 minutes of internet daily.

"This is about providing better community services to encourage public bus network use which has a direct flow-on effect of improved outcomes for the environment and traffic management across Greater Darwin," Mr Giles said.

Mr Giles said the success of the free Wi-Fi program would provide direction on other locations where the initiative can be implemented.

The Minister said the government will also continue to improve other bus network facilities such as bus shelters, upgrading bus stops, purchasing new buses and enhancing the automated telephone service.

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