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Wi-Fi expansion hindered by new legislation in Italy

Wi-Fi access to the internet faces new challenges as anti-terrorism legislation imposes monitoring of public access points. Anonymous access to the internet is now prohibited by a new law requiring personal identification of users logging on to a public network such as those available in internet cafes. Traffic generated by users is to be logged and log files are to be stored up to 12 months.

Wi-Fi expansion in public areas such as airports will be much more complicated – the typical user travelling with a portable device will be required to register and provide proof of identification prior to logging on.

There is speculation on the impact such a law will have on plans to implement Wi-Fi access in the more remote areas if Italy where DSL connections are not available.

SOURCE: Punto Informatico

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