A new integrated Wi-Fi broadband service is giving consumers the chance to share the cost of a broadband connection.
The package from MyZones consists of Wi-Fi access points and a DSL modem and will be priced at under £200, the company said.
In effect, it turns a subscriber into a virtual internet service provider offering a shared connection to their £35 per month 512Kbps DSL line.
MyZones is a reseller of BT's ADSL service so its offering works on the telco's standard 50:1 contention ratio broadband package.
Geof Haigh, chief technology officer at BT Marketing, told vnunet.com that selling on the service does not break its terms and conditions and is not illegal. But he warned that there are ramifications to be considered.
"The more people that use the connection, the more the quality of the service will degrade," he explained.
"Also, although I doubt that anyone would bother to check, if the user sells on the service they would have to consider Oftel's and the Radiocommunications Agency's wireless Lan links licence exemption regulations, one of which sets out linking different properties with the service."
Offering, or selling, shared connections within the same building is not illegal, although the Radiocommunications Agency forbids wireless Lan links to different properties.
The service range is 50m inside and up to 300m outside, but administrators can prevent others piggybacking onto the connection by registering each user's Mac address, found on the Ethernet card, and blocking other attempts to connect.
"[MyZones] will allow people who can't currently afford broadband to share the costs and benefit from the technology," said Clive Mayhew-Begg, chief executive at the company.
"Currently we only offer the service through ADSL as we are a reseller of BT's service, but we are talking to cable and satellite companies."
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