This article is being typed in the QVM Food Court courtesy of free Government wi-fi. The State Government announced "Australia's largest free public Wi-Fi network" this week with Queen Victoria Market one of the first to go live. The Government is spending $6.7m over 5 years and as our spot check showed today the availability at QVM has its limitations.
In fact the official blurb says "The first three sites to go live are the Queen Victoria Market (Queen Street/Victoria Street entrance)". That reference to the entrance at cnr Queen and Victoria streets is relevant because wi-fi in the Food Court is excellent and the signal extends back along Queen St. towards Therry St. but disappears as soon as your step under the sheds in the top end or enter the Diary Hall.
Public wi-fi is an essential component of our market as the influence of communication and particularly social media gains ground (see our article earlier this week on the significant contribution of wi-fi to Canberra's Floriade festival). Hopefully the rollout will soon extend to the rest of our market so all our customers (and the traders they support) can enjoy its benefits.