I am sitting in a cafe in the middle of Singapore, catching up on emails and writing. SingTel provides free wifi city-wide. And people do use it. About 25% of the patrons of this cafe are currently on their laptops. And they seemto hang around and buy drinks, as I am doing.

But Sydney can't get its act together. Too hard, too expensive, says the state government.

Obviously we are not serious about the provision of what is really a basic telecommunications service. What a pathetic lack of vision.