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This is based on the assumption that most ISPs are also
trying to establish networks of wi-fi hotpsots for
It is also dependent on the fact that almost every single
home or business that has an internet connection has a
wireless access point on it.
Given that, it would make
sense for the ISPS to offer to
their fixed base customers the option to lease back some of
their connection for use as a public wi-fi point. This could
be done either by simply configuring the wireless router
correctly, or possibly by adding a second router. Either
way, the customer should have the ability to define the
usage they will allow (in terms of percentage of available
bandwidth and times for it to be locked out, for instance),
and in return the ISP refunds some of their fees.
All of this could be done on a straight lease someone other
than your ISP, but that is likely to be a TOS violation.
||Comcast did this, but without compensation or permission.
||I hadn't seen that one. I admit it's prior art. This assumes
customer retains ownership of the router and it's settings.
||In the UK, BT already do this by stealth.
||If you sign up for their broadband package, and use their supplied
router, It broiadcasts open channels called "BTWiFi" on both the
2.4GHz and 5GHz (802.11a) bands.
||They sneak it in under their "Standard d Terms And Conditions" ,
cleverly not for the broadband service but for the analog voice line
that the broadband's piggybacked on.
||Baked but not widely known to exist ....
||It sounds like the idea of doing it as a leaseback rather than
simply screwing over your customers is at least original, as
is the resulting ability to do it on customer owned
||// rather than simply screwing over your customers is at least original