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Wireless Internet service provider: the future is at risk

A few million Internet users, connected to the network through wi-fi technologies, could be cut off from the network, or digital again, from one day to the next. Wireless Internet service providers (WISPs) that legally provide Internet access services via radio since 2005, using free-use frequencies, are likely to see themselves in danger (…)

A few million Internet users, connected to the network through wi-fi technologies, could be cut off from the network, or digital divisi, from one day to the other. The wireless Internet service providers (WISP) that legally provide Internet access services since 2005 via radio, using free-use frequencies, they risk seeing their companies in danger due to interpretations of EU and national regulations that are strangely wrong and if they are delayed by a decade, by the Communications Department of the Ministry of Innovation and Economic Development. that some inspections by the territorial Inspectorates at the WISP operators, under some circulars issued by the Communications Department of the MISE, are dealing restrictively with the issue concerning the lawfulness of the use of free frequencies for the creation of public communication networks. After almost ten years of investments and maturation of a now solid market, with millions of users reached by wireless services, at least surprising what is happening. Assoprovider states ?It should be remembered that the WISP operators, without benefiting from any public financing, have allowed the overcoming of the digital divide (exclusion from Internet access) in vast areas of no interest for large operators, practicing a significant public function ". In front of reports received by the Association and recent talks with some MISE representatives, Assoprovider reiterates that "in compliance with national and European principles and rules and with the legitimate interest of users (> 1 Million) and companies operating in the sector and in the field (> 10,000 employees), it will take steps to protect the company from damage and to users, deriving from incorrect or malicious interpretations of the regulation of free-use frequencies .The president Assoprovider, ing. Dino Bortolotto, who is actively organizing interviews with the interested parties, firmly reiterates: It is clear that these regulatory moonlights that sometimes affect the sector do not occur for technical or legislative reasons, says Bortolotto, otherwise one would not understand the existing inconsistency between what is happening at the MISE and the national and regional tenders for past wireless networks and those still published on the relevant portals (eg INFRATEL ed), in addition to issues related to the Internet of Things market, the Digital Agenda, schools 3.0, which sees precisely the wireless networks at the center of these eco-systems.Bortolotto does not leave the concept in half and makes it clear that WISPs do not want to be the scapegoat for a sector (that of Communications) that must now be completely reformed if not revolutionized, aligning it with Europe and no longer with the feudal interests of the potentate on duty. One wonders astonished why, in general, does the national economy deteriorate in sight? Here is what happens in our sector, an example that partly explains the reasons.

In essence, Assoprovider believes that innovation and economic development are born of a real will to free the market from laces and lacciuoli.Assoprovider therefore asks the Government and MISE for clarity on these latest events and that, as happens in most of Europe, the Italian WISPs can continue to benefit from radio spectrum resources, believing that current European standards allow: – the use of 2.4 GHz 5GHz frequencies to set up fixed access internet networks (public communications from a fixed location) – the use of the 2.4GHz, 5GHz frequencies to connect the Access Point of the same WISP (backbone) – the use of the 17GHz, 24GHz frequencies to connect the Access Point of the same WISP (backbone) – the use of the frequencies of the 2, 4GHz, 5GHz, 17GHz, 24GHz, to interconnect network infrastructures of communication operators. – access to the frequencies licensed by the WISPs

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