Sunday May 15, 2016

Germany To Finally Get Free Public Wi-Fi

Because of piracy concerns, free hotspots supposedly don’t exist in Germany. But now an agreement that relinquishes responsibility from providers should make free Wi-Fi ubiquitous.

In an age when almost everyone carries a smartphone, the absence of such free hotspots can appear to be an aberration in a country that is known for its technological prowess. But a new government deal may change all that, as it aims to tackle the root of the problemآ—by exonerating the connection's provider of fraudulent usage by others. The snag has been Germany's tough rules to crack down on online piracy, with high fines for illegally downloading music and films. No one wants to run the risk of exposing their Wi-Fi connection to possible misuse, a fear that has turned Germany into a hotspot desert.