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City provides another opportunity to access the internet for free – at the Fisantekraal Library<span style="line-height:1.6;">The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services and Compliance, Councillor Xanthea Limberg, together with local Ward Councillor, Gerhard Fourie, and Councillor Ruan Beneke, today tested the City’s latest free Wi-Fi offering situated at the Fisantekraal Library and gave it the thumbs up on Tuesday, 21 June 2016.</span><div><span style="line-height:1.6;"><br></span></div><div><span style="line-height:1.6;"></span><span style="line-height:1.6;"><strong>Limited free WiFi for all library users</strong></span></div><div><span style="line-height:1.6;"><br></span></div><div><span style="line-height:1.6;">Library users who access the internet via the Wi-Fi hotspot are urged to take note of the terms and conditions when registering for the free service, including that a person will receive a limit of 500 MB of data per month and there will be a daily time limit.</span></div><div><span style="line-height:1.6;"><br></span></div><div><span style="line-height:1.6;">‘Because this is a free service, we need to limit the time allocated per person to ensure that new internet users are given the opportunity to experience the worldwide web. In addition, we are unable to provide unlimited data use like some of the recognised internet service providers due to the associated cost implications. A limited number of computers will offer free Wi-Fi at the Fisantekraal Library, which will help us to manage the associated internet costs,’ said Councillor Limberg.</span></div><div><span style="line-height:1.6;"><br></span></div><div><span style="line-height:1.6;"><strong>Broadband Network Roll-out Project</strong></span></div><div><span style="line-height:1.6;"><br></span></div><div><span style="line-height:1.6;">‘The City has a capital budget of R218 million for its Broadband Network Roll-out Project for the current financial year. To date, an amount of R33 million has been spent on rolling out a wireless network. A large portion of the budget has been dedicated to installing fibre-optic cables and switching capacity in a number of areas where there was previously no broadband infrastructure. This investment in broadband infrastructure will result in a lasting asset that will benefit residents for many years to come,’ said Councillor Fourie.</span></div><div><span style="line-height:1.6;"><br></span></div><div><span style="line-height:1.6;"></span><span style="line-height:1.6;">‘Thus far, we have  been able to provide free Wi-Fi at minimal cost to our ratepayers by using our own existing network infrastructure. We have managed to achieve this with a capital budget of only R5 million for each of the last two years. Using our own infrastructure ensures much better value for money than paying very high costs to outsource the service,’ added Councillor Beneke.</span></div><div><span style="line-height:1.6;"><br></span></div><div><span style="line-height:1.6;"></span><span style="line-height:1.6;">A further 30 Wi-Fi zones are planned to go live by June this year, and about 60 more in the following financial year to June 2017.</span></div>2016-06-20T22:00:00ZGP0|#e3c03ac1-845c-4119-815d-e796340463ba;L0|#0e3c03ac1-845c-4119-815d-e796340463ba|Community news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#1596e104-b1e8-47f6-9db5-263896676e0a;L0|#01596e104-b1e8-47f6-9db5-263896676e0a|subcouncil;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#10cddf5f-5949-4dd8-ae60-e17fe0e8ed99;L0|#010cddf5f-5949-4dd8-ae60-e17fe0e8ed99|Wi-Fi;GPP|#1596e104-b1e8-47f6-9db5-263896676e0a;GP0|#371aca0c-30df-4276-b952-99fc5b47b3ef;L0|#0371aca0c-30df-4276-b952-99fc5b47b3ef|Library services1

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