The State Government is committed to creating the quality of life in the Pilbara needed to attract and retain families. This includes creating modern communities with the services expected in any metropolitan city or town.
Wireless Internet access is now common in the home and workplace. However, beyond these areas travellers encounter a patchwork of inconsistent or non-existent Wi-Fi services.
Free public Wi-Fi is a key economic driver that further encourages business and enable visitors to enjoy public spaces for longer. It can provide Internet access for people who could not otherwise afford it, help tourists avoid crippling data roaming charges and navigate around a location, and it can drive shoppers into particular city centre areas.
Importantly, it will allow visitors to post pictures of the Pilbara to the world a great asset to tourism promotion.
In December 2013 the PRC completed the installation of 6 Welcome Wi-Fi spots, as part of the Welcome Roadside Rest Stops upgrade project. There was immediate uptake of the service. By 2015, additional 28 more Welcome Wi-Fi spots have been installed across 8 public centres across the Pilbara.