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Abundant Free Wi-Fi Nears Reality In Germany

Travel Technology | Gabe Zaldivar | May 11, 2016

Abundant Free Wi-Fi Nears Reality In Germany

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Traveling in classic style is nice and all, but we all want our Internet and we want it as inexpensive as possible.

Fortune’s David Meyer has some tremendous news for anyone hoping to travel throughout German in the future.

The country isn’t exactly the spot to revel in the warm embrace of ubiquitous free Wi-Fi. The report explains why that may be the case and points to legislative fluidity that may just change the status quo.

As Meyer reminds, it’s rare to actually walk up to a pub or café in Germany and find that the proprietor offers free Wi-Fi. And there is a good reason. Current legislation would make the business’ owner liable if you naughty traveler or troublesome local decided to download something illegally. So iuf someone absolutely needed “Star Wars” that instant and downloaded the movie illegally, the Wi-Fi provider would be on the hook.

Naturally, you have a lot of places that would normally offer the service in other parts of the world keeping a safe distance from any such scenario.

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The good news is that things may be easing just a bit.

Meyer points to a Spiegel Online report, which explains that the transition could take place by the fall if all goes according to plan.

That’s when business owners can open up free Wi-Fi to their respective customers without the shadow of liability hanging over their heads.

And, as TravelPulse once found, Wi-Fi is more than a hot commodity among travelers. It’s an amenity we are slowly taking for granted. At the very least, it’s a service we gleefully seek out when away from home.

It would be a great boon to local businesses to have the ability to offer Wi-Fi without worry. And, for Germany, it’s an opportunity to catch up with other places in the world.

Seoul, for example, is on the brink of opening up the city to the wonders of public Wi-Fi.

While that is the best-case scenario, we will gladly take a few more hotspots springing up around the country.

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