The government is to make broadband available to people 'on the move' by deregulating part of the radio spectrum.
Under the current Wireless Telegraphy Act, operators are required to obtain licences before they can provide connections to so-called public areas.
But by making part of the 5GHz spectrum available without the need for a licence, and creating wireless 'hotspots', the government hopes to encourage operators to offer new pay-as-you-go broadband services in public venues such as hotels, airports, cafes and schools.
These services will be five times faster than the current 11Mbps wireless 802.11b standard.
E-commerce minister Stephen Timms explained that the initiative would help to sustain the current broadband boom and encourage greater use.
"Opening up this radio spectrum will encourage telecoms operators to deliver new and innovative public services. It will offer the possibility of 'broadband on the go', with services based in public places," he said.
"It is important that businesses are given the resources to create and deliver new ideas and technology to benefit the public. This will allow them to make the best use of limited spectrum and help deliver Broadband Britain."
The change, due to come into effect on 12 February, is part of an ongoing initiative to free up radio spectrum for broadband.
A similar deregulation of the radio spectrum at 2.4GHz was made in June 2002, and in March the government will also auction off licences for the 3.4GHz spectrum.
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