Yesterday, the net was full with reports about the London Olympics 2012 organizers banning the use of 3G-Wifi Access point functionality of modern smartphones in Olympic areas. What I found interesting on the reporting side is that only few news agency actually wondered why this ban was in place and only some speculated that this might have security reasons, or, what seems more likely to me, commercial reasons as one British network operator has deployed Wi-Fi hotspots on Olympic venues and wants to monetize the service. Non of the news agencies actually tried to get an official statement. Why not?
So in case it was commercial reasons, I wonder if 3G/Wi-Fi bridges for non commercial reasons, i.e. me connecting my friends can actually be forbidden by the organizers? The 2.4 GHz band used for Wi-Fi is an open band accessible freely for everyone. The Olympic organizers don't have a monopoly on the band so how can they possibly forbid any sort of legal use? I'd really like to know if there is a legal basis for this!? Anyone!?
But apart from that I wonder if they have even remotely thought about how to enforce this!? This seems like a hilarious joke and I wonder if this ban will actually make people start thinking about sharing their 3G connectivity with others rather than having the desired effect.