Free wifi could be banned - if it becomes too popular

Free wifi could be banned - if it becomes too popular
The Swedish municipality of Helsingborg offers its citizens free Internet surfing via wifi a few places in the city. Now the Swedish Competition Authority threatens to ban the service if it becomes too popular.

In 2012 the City Council decided that Helsingborg should offer its residents and visitors free wireless Internet connection within eight hotspots in public places.

The Internet surf zones was launched in June 2013 and are located in the central parts of the city in squares and parks, where it is possible to surf with five megabits speed, without any time limit or limit on quantity of data.

On their own initiative, the Competition Authority was worried on behalf of TeliaSonera, Telenor, Tele2 and 3, who could be affected by the public competition. Therefore, the Authority last year opened, on its own initiative, an investigation to see if it's okay that Helsingborg municipality provides free wifi. Now, the investigation is over and the result ready. The Authority says it will not take any action now - but opens for action if the service becomes too popular.

The Helsingborg Municipality wifi network has during the period January 2014 to June 2015 allowed citizens to upload and download 20,450 gigabytes of data.

- With regard particularly to the relatively low amount of data, we choose not to go ahead with a ban at this stage, but opens for one later, if Helsingborg municipality continues to roll out free wifi service.

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