One thing that should not escape notice with the proposed ‘free’ wi-fi in Mullum is that is it not strictly free. It is a commercial gateway that would expose subscribed users to tedious logons, paid advertising, and monitoring of their internet activity. This makes it unlikely many shopkeepers, who join the scheme for their customer hotspot, would not prefer to keep operating their own wireless modems for personal and business purposes. Hence radiation in the town will rise, not fall as the promoter claims. I challenge anyone to prove all this is not more about cornering the market than doing anything for the community.
Helen Burns, Byron Bay