Perth mayor to deliver on Wi-Fi pledge

Perth is set to become one of Australia's most connected capital cities if recently re-elected Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi holds true to her campaign pledge to outfit the CBD with free Wi-Fi.

Perth is set to become one of Australia's most connected capital cities if recently re-elected Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi holds true to her campaign pledge to outfit the CBD with free Wi-Fi.

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Scaffidi was re-elected on Saturday night, taking 2768 votes while competitor for the position Anne Bontempo held 1546 votes. As part of her campaign, she said that if re-elected, she would equip the city with free Wi-Fi, similar to a system already in place in Northbridge.

No details are available yet on the scope and cost of the project, and some critics have said that her promise is unrealistic.

Scaffidi's office told ZDNet Australia that nothing has been set in stone yet, and that there are several steps that need to be taken before the project can become a reality.

Given the election of a new council, the proposal would first need to be approved. Additionally, Scaffidi's office said that there would need to be a lot of work done with the respective providers and vendors.

Furthermore, while the project is a priority for Scaffidi, no timeframe has yet been allocated. Until one is, the project could technically be delivered any time during the next four years of her term for her to keep her pledge.