Last Updated on May 8, 2012 by Mark Lavington

wi-fi Q: On my farm I have three holiday cottages where I plan to offer Wi-Fi access to guests using a router located in the building’s roof. Not all guests are interested in using the Internet or checking email while on holiday, but an increasing number are so, to cover the cost of offering the service and any surcharges, which may arise due to excess downloading etc., I want to levy a nominal charge. Is it practical? Are there any snags that I should be aware of?
Ron Racher, Sherborne, Dorset
A: Courtesy of The Telegraph (Rick Maybury). Even though you are proposing a very small-scale system you can’t simply install a wireless router and allow your guests to access the web willy-nilly. There are a number of legal implications to be aware of, as detailed in the 1998 Data Protection Act and the Digital Economy Act 2010, and there are hefty fines for transgressors. The key issues are that you have to be able to identify and keep a record of your guest’s online activities in case they are involved in downloading illegal content, copyright infringement and so on. There’s a summary of the pertinent regulations on the Cyberair website at http://goo.gl/5XHrU.

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