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By Jack Loftus : http://gizmodo.com/5482141/uk-bill-would-outlaw-open-public-wifi-hotspots

If passed, something called the Digital Economy Bill over in the U.K. could do the unthinkable in this, the digital age: Ban open wifi spots.

The ban comes as part of a bill that seeks to limit copyright infringement, or something. In summary, schools, small businesses and even libraries would have to effectively become their own ISP and manage the wifi hotspot—or face hefty fines. Even if a shop password-protected their wifi and posted the PW publicly (as they probably should be doing anyway), this "management" would also entail detailed record keeping, as the bill requires that hotspot providers log users who've been on their network. Sounds fun!

From http://www.pirateparty.org.uk/blog/2010/feb/28/digital-economy-bill-will-kill-wifi-hotspots/ by Philip Hunt

The government have written an explanatory document stating how the Digital Economy Bill will work for libraries, universities and wifi hotspots. According to Lilian Edwards, who is professor of internet law at Sheffield University, the Bill is likely to kill wifi hotspots in places like pubs, cafes, and libraries:

"This is going to be a very unfortunate measure for small businesses, particularly in a recession, many of whom are using open free Wi-Fi very effectively as a way to get the punters in," Edwards said.

From http://www.ehow.com/list_6100000_advantages-providing-wifi-customers.html By Chris Joseph, eHow Contributor

As more people come to depend on their computers to make a living, the need for wireless Internet access has prompted some businesses to offer free Wi-Fi as a way to attract customers and to provide an edge over the competition. Free Wi-Fi can help build customer loyalty and keep customers in the establishment longer. An increase in business can help offset the cost of Wi-Fi installation.

Brits Could Face Unsecured Wi-Fi Fine

Published in Digital Economy Act

From : http://www.eweekeurope.co.uk/news/brits-could-face-unsecured-wi-fi-fine-7126 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.

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