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Free Wi-Fi launches in Melbourne CBD, no ads in sight

"We really do have the best of everything," said Victoria's Minister for Innovation, Trade and Sydney-trolling, Philip Dalidakis

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Free Wi-Fi is coming to Melbourne's Flinders Street Station.

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Melbournians know they're better than you, and now they have the free Wi-Fi to prove it.

Locals and visitors to the city will now be able to use free Wi-Fi across the CBD in the Bourke Street Mall, Queen Victoria Market, South Wharf Promenade at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, as well as in train stations across the CBD.

It's all part of the creatively named VicFreeWiFi project, which brings Wi-Fi to Melbourne, Bendigo and Ballarat in the largest free network of its kind in Australia. Trials have been ongoing in Bendigo and Ballarat since December last year, and there are more sites still to be switched on, with the final network set to cover 600,000 square metres across the three cities.

The announcement follows news on Tuesday that Aussie Wi-Fi company Skyfii is bringing free Wi-Fi to Bondi Beach (alongside Tamarama Beach and Bronte Beach) in time for summer.

Not to be outdone in the relentless bloodfeud between NSW and Victoria, Melbourne's network is up this week, in time for AFL grand final weekend.

"This is just another reason why Victoria is the country's home of innovation and technology," said Victoria's Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, Philip Dalidakis. "We really do have the best of everything, not only in Melbourne but our regional cities as well."

Run by TPG, users will be limited to 250MB per device per day. But on the plus side, there's no login required and no pop-up advertising, so you can watch those "ferment your own kombucha" videos in peace.