In November 2017 researchers from the Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University surveyed Australian local government authorities (LGAs) to gather data on public Wi-Fi (PWF) provision. The survey is part of an Australian Research Council funded project Public Wi-Fi as Urban Infrastructure: the Australia Case (ARC Discovery Project DP150102818).
The survey was designed using Qualtrics software and administered on-line. 456 LGAs from across Australia were invited by email to participate. The survey was distributed on 1 November, with a reminder sent out on 13 December. The survey closed on 31 December 2017.
The survey included questions about the reasons for PWF provision, network locations and access terms, the prioritization of PWF as a local government service, and evaluation and strategic planning. LGA’s not currently providing PWF were also invited to participate in the survey, with questions focussing on plans for public Wi-Fi provision.