Civic Wifi is ‘opportunity lost’

Kilkenny is missing out on a unique opportunity with its new civic Wifi service, according to local councillor Sean O’ hArgain.

Kilkenny is missing out on a unique opportunity with its new civic Wifi service, according to local councillor Sean O’ hArgain.

In August, a public service was switched on which allows access to local authority websites. Twelve of the 13 Wifi units in the city are live, on lamp posts and buildings, covering areas from Mac Donagh Junction and John’s Green, to Rose Inn Street and City Hall.

But Cllr Sean O’ hArgain says that Kilkenny is missing out on a huge opportunity to become the first city to offer fully-accessible, free Wifi.

Kevin Hanly for the council said it wasn’t possible to just give a fully-open service out to everybody. He said the limited service was mostly aimed at providing information to tourists.

But Cllr O’ hArgain disagrees that providing full access Wifi would distort the market, and said that the majority of businesses in Kilkenny were now providing free open access Wifi anyway.

“Why not have open acess?” he asked.