Are we a modern city?

We CAN do this Wellington!Case in point … why do we not have broadband access to everyone in the (wider) city?

This from Singapore:

Singapore gets free wireless connectivity with Wireless@SG while no one gets left behind in the digital revolution. Find out about how the Singapore Government is reaching out to more Singaporeans and equipping everyone to take full advantage of the digital opportunities that are opening up.

So why don’t we do that?

Is it a case, as some think (in the comments), that the Government should stay out of providing infrastructure and leave it to the private industry (to which I assume they are referring to Telecom or TelstraClear)?

To be fair the Council is doing something about it – read their broadband plan

Wellington City Councillors have agreed to a vision that could see affordable, high-speed broadband access throughout the city by 2012.

But we all know how fast technology moves (have you seen the just announced, 2cm deep Apple MacAir?) and so this promise for 2012 by our Council seems, at best, limited in vision and at worse, a huge missed opportunity. For instance, what we’re promised for 2012 South Korea has had for 3 years.

A possible solution for you after the jump …