Sunday, April 12, 2009

Free wi-fi anyone?

Final County Council, 2008 Minutes, Full Council, 11/02/2008

F/71/08 EU LEGISLATION - WiFi

Question: Councillor A. Farrell
“To ask the Manager to investigate and report on EU legislation regarding the provision of free WiFi by state or semi-state authorities?”
Reply:
The EU Commission have made a ruling in 2007 that State Bodies should not distort the Private sector market in the provision of WiFi. State /Semi State Bodies can provide free WiFi only for the provision of their own services such as access to their website, CCTV, Scada or similar type uses. These bodies cannot provide free unlimited access to the Internet as they would be in direct competition with the private sector operators and would distort the market place.

Let's have another go at that:

F/71/08 EU LEGISLATION - Books

Question: Councillor A. Farrell
“To ask the Manager to investigate and report on EU legislation regarding the provision of free books by state or semi-state authorities?”
Reply:
The EU Commission have made a ruling in 2007 that State Bodies should not distort the Private sector market in the provision of books. State /Semi State Bodies can provide free books only for the provision of their own services such as access to their libraries, phonebooks, dictionaries or similar type uses. These bodies cannot provide free unlimited access to the library as they would be in direct competition with the private sector operators and would distort the market place.

Best close all those libraries, maybe also those toll-free roads, and your water pipes, too. Oh yeah, they're doing that...

Well, maybe they'll sell off some cheap books when they close down all the libraries and turn them into pay-as-you-go internet cafés.

Still, Dublin City Council can and do provide free wi-fi at their libraries.

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