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Thursday, 13 May 2010 05:04

Brits Could Face Unsecured Wi-Fi Fine

From : by Tom Jowitt

After a German court recently introduced fines for users with unsecured Wi-Fi networks, there are fears that UK users could soon face similar penalties

With the introduction of the Digital Economy Act, UK users may soon face the prospect of a fine if they do not password-protect their Wi-Fi networks.

This article is from - Richard Wray

The UK's largest internet service providers will start collecting the details of customers who unlawfully download films, music and TV programmes early next year, in order to send them warning letters under a code of practice proposed today by the media regulator Ofcom.

The draft Ofcom code was immediately denounced by the UK's second largest ISP as a "bureaucratic dog's breakfast".

Any internet user who receives three letters in the space of 12 months faces having their personal details handed over to the owner of the copyrighted material so they can be sued.

This article is from  Posted on Jun 16th, 2010 by Steve Kennedy

As we reported earlier, Starbucks is keeping tight-lipped about any plans it might have to bring free, ‘one click’ wifi to the UK. With good reason – free wifi is a minefield here.

WiFi in Desert

The old Labour Government rushed through the Digital Economy Act which has provisions to protect copyright holders and as part of this introduced the ’3 strikes rule’ whereby a subscriber of an Internet service could be kicked off after 3 copyright infringements. The legislation is complex and Ofcom were mandated to offer a code of practice for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) on how they were going to enforce various aspects of the Act. They published the code of practice as part of a Consultation.

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WiFi Hotspot in CafeAvailability of free Wi-Fi does influence venue choice. According to In-Stat's new Wi-Fi Hotspot research, nearly two-thirds of respondents indicated that free Wi-Fi influences their choice of venue. An additional 31% indicated that free access may influence their choice, and just 5% said that it would have no influence over venue choice.

"Our research shows that while revenue may not always be directly gleaned from the hotspot offering, free Wi-Fi has a significant value in bringing customers to a venue,"says Amy Cravens, Market Analyst. "It's no wonder then that over 150 thousand cafe/retail venues have now deployed Wi-Fi hotspots, although not all of these are free. That's in addition to the tens of thousands of travel-related installations (hotels, airports, in-flight) worldwide."


By: Stephen Anderson

The federal government–at least that of the United States–has had some truly hair-brained ideas in its time (though really, what government hasn’t pulled the lunacy trigger from time to time?) but this one’s certainly got me thinking. A bill advanced by Senator Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Senator Mark Warner (D-Virginia) wants to take every federal building in the United States and make it a functioning Wi-Fi hotspot.

Greenwich Park Bar and GrillINC Group is a well known and popular chain of over 20 quality restaurants and bars throughout London. Their range of venues vary from fine dining to easy drinking, from quick meals to elegant corporate events.

INC Group recognised the customers' demand for Free WiFi and were also keen to attract customers during quieter times. The range of products on the market tended to be costly and offered no real tangible benefit other than the WiFi offering itself.

By Charles Arthur - The Guardian  

As Wi-Fi hotspots increase, small UK businesses are preferring to give access to smartphone and tablet users for free

More cafes and food outlets are offering free Wi-Fi to customers, bypassing the need for paid-for hotspots Photograph: Lourens Smak/Alamy

Any cafe that puts up a sign offering free goods usually does so with trepidation: what if the rush is too great and it costs more to offer than it brings in?

By Ian Hardy BBC News, Las Vegas Originally Posted:

Many business travellers would agree that going without wi-fi for any length of time is becoming more and more painful.

On the one hand we have powerful new hardware and software that fits into our pocket or briefcase but on the other hand these multi-media devices are frequently rendered almost useless thanks to inadequate quality and quantity of wi-fi networks.

Of course, there are some solutions which may or may not work for you depending on your situation, like personal wi-fi hotspots which run on cellular networks.

But certainly in America these are expensive, require contracts and come with data caps. Forget about watching movies on the go!

The cloud is only making things easier and at the same time more difficult.

Services like Sugarsync, Evernote and Zoho have given us the ability to carry documents, photographs, video and audio anywhere we go on any device.

Thursday, 10 May 2012 08:00

Can I use my router as a WiFi hotspot?

A [Telegraph] reader asks how he might safely and legally share his WiFi connection

Originally Published in The The Telegraph  - 08 May 2012 - Rick Maybury

On my farm I have three holiday cottages where I plan to offer Wi-Fi access to guests using a router located in the building's roof. Not all guests are interested in using the Internet or checking email while on holiday, but an increasing number are so, to cover the cost of offering the service and any surcharges, which may arise due to excess downloading etc., I want to levy a nominal charge. Is it practical? Are there any snags that I should be aware of?

Thursday, 13 February 2014 00:00

HTL is happy to support Ethereum


Many people have heard of Bitcoin, but for the last few months the virtual currency world has become gradually obsessed with Ethereum, the Bitcoin V2.

Imagine a smart currency that can not only act as a token of ownership, but can also determine who the current owner should be based on the outcome of a contract or any particular set of circumstances being met. Take it further and there are possibilities of joint savings accounts, financial exchange markets, or trust funds. Conceptualise further and theoretically automated corporations can trade Ether to make profit without the intervention of humans. That might all be a bit ‘Skynet’ for some, but whichever way you look at this this is very exciting technology with the ability to disrupt conventional capitalistic structures, and something that we at HTL are fervidly interested in.

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