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A group of ISPs in Italy is lobbying the government to open up its licensing rules for Wi-Fi: I’m not totally clear on how things stand in Italy, but it looks like the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands are not yet open to unlicensed use. Also, the ISPs are concerned that the government may restrict the use of Wi-Fi to remote regions and only where DSL isn’t available.
Posted by nancyg at March 22, 2005 3:00 PM
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Wi-Fi is alive and well in Italy. The ISPs want to be able to deliver last-mile broadband to subscribers in the license-exempt frequencies. Usually 2.4 and 5.8 GHz are license-exempt for indoor use and at low power levels. An ISP would need permission to increase power levels and offer it in rural areas. This is the same in almost all countries.
Posted by: TR at March 22, 2005 4:29 PM