IT MAY only be in a small way, but Leeton Shire Council has shown forward thinking in offering free wifi to the CBD area.
In the technology-crazed world that we live in, something as simple as free wifi is craved by many residents living in Leeton.
At present there are some businesses that offer this service, but to have the main street area connected to free wifi is certainly a plus.
Obviously this has come through council spending money at various other sites in town such as the Roxy Theatre to be upgraded to wifi services, but what a great offshoot to have.
I’m unaware of any other town surrounding Leeton that currently offers free community wifi in its main street area. Theoretically it could have plenty of potential.
Hopefully it would encourage residents to be in the main street area on their phone, checking their emails and hopefully even just buying a coffee or two, lunch or something else that may catch their eye in the process.
Not to mention if the proper signage is put up that it could encourage visitors to our town to stop in longer.
Wifi is certainly the away of the digital age we are living in. Everyone has some form of a smartphone or tablet.
Many would spend their entire day consumed by technology. If there’s a way to ensure our town can capitalise in some many on this, then why shouldn’t we go with it?
I think it shows Leeton has being forward thinking and I wouldn’t be too surprised if wifi in main street areas in neighbouring towns starts to pop up in the very near future.
On the flip side, with any positive, there can be issues associated. It’s commonly known that free wifi comes with security problems.
I’m sure this won’t be the case in Leeton, but it’s important to always be aware of online safety when using free wifi as this is a haven for hackers looking to get a hold of your information. All it would take is a little bit of street smarts for there not to be a problem.
For the most part this project’s positives certainly outweigh any potential negatives and will likely place Leeton in a further good position heading in to the future.
Now, it’s just a matter of supporting these service and spending a dollar or two up town to keep the shire’s economy ticking along.