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BT FONs in WiFi Hotspots

11:45 AM -- BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) has bought its way into the Fon WiFi network, taking an undisclosed stake in the hotspot upstart.

The deal is predicated on allowing users to share. BT has three million broadband customers. Those with WiFi who agree to share a small portion of their home broadband connection will get access to more than 190,000 FON hotspots worldwide.

But will people share? The growth of FON suggests that the idea is appealing to some. But I do wonder whether -- as BT claims -- this WiFi network could cover the entire U.K.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

AllKindsOfThings 12/5/2012 | 3:01:17 PM
re: BT FONs in WiFi Hotspots I have heard several Operator refrain from the model on grounds that
a) basically no defined quality level exists when using FON equipment, as the local owner can basically freely define how much bandwidth is open
b) it is not convenient to set up unless you use something that allows to auto-login (such as UMA)
c) it migth become legally critical when a home users acces point it traced as the root of some illegal communication
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