People will now be able to download up to 250 megabytes of data a day through the CBRfree wi-fi network officially launched by Chief Minister Katy Gallagher on Thursday.
“This is a significant moment for Canberra and represents the ACT Government’s commitment to our future as a smart and digital city,” Ms Gallagher said.
“It will encourage vibrant town centres where Canberrans are connected to their community and are able to engage with Government services easily.”
Internet provider iiNet increased the download limit from 100MB at no extra cost to the government, she said.
Civic East – from Garema Place to the Convention Centre, round to Gorman House and up to Girrahween Street in Braddon – is the first part of Canberra to permanently go live on the network.
Civic West, from Moore Street to the New Acton precinct, is the next area where the network will be rolled out with the location expected to be fully live by January.
This will be followed by a staged rollout in other town centres and commercial precincts over the next year.