For most Africans, the first online experience comes not via desktop-computers or laptops, but on smartphones. But internet access is usually expensive. A start-up company in South Africa is helping locals in poor townships to get connected.
In its quest to provide internet access to every European citizen, the EU Parliament has backed a plan to finance thousands of free Wi-Fi hotspots. EU lawmakers said up to 8,000 access points will be created by 2020.
The EU's top bodies have agreed to provide free internet access in thousands of cities and towns across Europe. The "WiFi4EU" bid would see public places, like parks and libraries, install EU-funded hotspots by 2020.
According to a German media report, Berlin plans to further reduce liability risks for public Wi-Fi hotspot providers. Under the draft bill, authorities would also be unable to impose password protection.
The German government has cleared the way for open and private WiFi hotspots. A provider liability law that makes hotspot providers responsible for users' activity has long limited public WiFi and is set to be scrapped.
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