In the latest episode of 'laugh at LOCOG protecting sponsors' commercial interests,' we learn that the games organizers have employed a number of Wi-Fi police officers. Their job is to seek out mobile Wi-Fi hotspots and prevent their use.
It's alleged that the reason is to protect BT's revenue: BT, a games sponsor, has the exclusive right to operate Wi-Fi hotspots within the Olympic areas. However, officials claim the reason is to "prevent interference."
Those wishing to avoid paying through the nose -- an eye-watering £6 for 90 minutes -- might try to switch on the Wi-Fi hotspot feature on their smartphones. But watch out for the Wi-Fi police (pictured).
Picture credit: Sadao Turner [image edited to protect the employee's privacy]
Also: what a great publicity coup for Rohde & Schwarz and its line of directional antennae, eh? Sadly, the obsolete HE200 model LOCOG is using only goes up to 3GHz, so if your hotspot can be restricted to using the 5GHz band, do that!
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