As hotspot plans go, this is potentially a doozy: Citytrain in Queensland plans to offer free Wi-Fi access to commuters on trains and at railway stations in 2010.
Darrel Giles at the Courier Mail reports that a security upgrade for Citytrain stations and carriages, which will utilise Wi-Fi to connect cameras throughout the network, will have the side benefit of allowing commuters to access the Net via their laptops or mobile phones.
As Nick over at Gizmodo points out, the claim that the service will be available to commuters but not an option for free Internet for anyone living near a station doesn’t seem to hold up to particularly close scrutiny. It’s likely that Citytrain will emulate the approach used by McDonald’s (enforced logins, time limits, and blocking of any protocol other than basic HTTP), but as the project doesn’t go up for tender until July, we won’t know for a while yet.
Citytrain commuters to receive free internet access [Courier Mail via Gizmodo]