Italy aggressively pursues Wi-Fi and WiMAX

Under new policies and initiatives from its Ministry of Communications, Italy is turning to Wi-Fi and WiMAX to make broadband Internet access more universally available throughout the country.

On October 4th, the Minister for Communications, Mario Landolfi, issued a new decree which extended the availability of Wi-Fi — already being used in airports, train stations, shopping centers and city parks — to the whole country. […]

”About 11 million Italians live in small towns and many of them do not have access to broadband because the investment required would not be economically viable for large companies,” said Landolfi at the press conference where the decree was announced. “This measure enables any providers, if they so wish, to reach customers who would otherwise be excluded.”

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