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Very interesting questions for which I unfortunately have no answer. I'd also be very interested in whether one WiFi 'operator' can legally prevent others from using WiFi - it's not licensed spectrum after all.

Imagine the user experience when hundreds (if not thousands) of WiFi hotspots are all active in a small area.

I can imagine that a plausible motivation for BT trying to prevent 'unauthorized' hotspots would be simply to ensure that the BT WiFi service is usable - not to enable BT to monetize the service, but to enable any acceptable service to be provided at all.

The key advantage of WiFi is also its Achilles heel - anyone can use the spectrum and there's nothing beyond the 'in-built' mechanisms to prevent interference.


The UK regulator, Ofcom has made their Olympic spectrum plan information available at http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/spectrum/olympics/

Maybe there is something hidden there that is relevant.

In anycase, you don't need a legal limitation relating to sectrum usage to limit the use of WiFi - the organiser of any event can stipulate any conditions that he wants (with in reason) - if you chose to accept those condition when you buy a ticket you are contractually obliged to comply with the conditions set out by the organiser.


From this ofcom document http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/consultations/london2012/statement/statement.pdf it appears that they are concerned about interference...

WiFi is being used to provide several critical services and the public use might interfere.


The regulation "The Wireless Telegraphy (Control of Interference from Apparatus) (The London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games) Regulations 2012
" (at: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2012/1519/made )
suggests that even if the "apparatus" operates normally with in existing regulations, this order still makes it illegal to use if it does interfere with public safty purposes.



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