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Open Wifi under threat in the U.S.

Mon, 12/31/1973 - 16:48 -- Joel Milne

U.S. telecom companies are pushing policies that would mean “a lot less public and open WiFi at a time when we actually need much more open access.” Open public WiFi helps improve the Internet’s accessibility and citizens’ opportunities to use it. We need to send a clear message - Internet access and openness are priority:


Article by Mike Masnick for TechDirt:

We recently covered some of the details of various "six strikes" policies being implemented by most of the large broadband providers in the US, noting that with Verizon's, it appeared that small businesses that offered free and open WiFi could get in trouble for doing so. TorrentFreak has followed up with Jill Lesser, the executive director of the Center for Copyright Information (CCI), the organization coordinating these plans, and discovered that this impact on small businesses is not an error, and Lesser does not seem to see a problem with it, arguing that offering such open and free WiFi is a violation of the terms of service for most small businesses. Read more »


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