Now the Olympics have banned Wi-Fi hotspots too

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Seamus Byrne is the Editor of CNET Australia. At other times he'll be found messing with apps, watching TV, building LEGO, and rolling dice. Usually at the same time.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has declared a ban on Wi-Fi hotspots at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Because money. Or terrorism. Or something.

Leave it at home.
(Credit: Wi-Fi Alliance)

London looked pretty good after announcing a major Wi-Fi roll-out to serve visitors and locals around major city locations. But London itself can only control so much, and the IOC seems to be making a habit of erring on the side of draconian when it comes to letting ticket holders actually enjoy the Games.

Now it has been found that Wi-Fi hotspots sit right alongside drugs, toxins, pets and bikes as a banned item from Games venues.

Perhaps it's to make sure that no one does any of that photo or video sharing from the crowd, which is also banned. The spirit of bringing the world closer through the Olympic spirit is alive and well.

If the IOC had a little more tech savvy it might have realised that the data traffic density in major stadiums typically makes wireless data a joke, anyway. Let's hope by Rio 2016 the Olympics accepts that you can only keep a lid on social media for so long.

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Im Batman posted a comment   

Interesting, draconian is correct.
I take it then, the London Olympics will not allow the company who employed homeless people to be mobile hotspots at SXSW show in the states earlier in the year.

The way this is going, i think we will see the darleks be used as security!!


Chandler posted a comment   

So does that mean that they're banning smartphones too, since many of them can be turned into WiFi hotspots... or will they be monitoring those frequency's and you'll have some men in dark suits tap you on the shoulder if you happen to activate your WiFi hotspot?


Seamus Byrne posted a reply   

I was wondering that too. Maybe they'll have some hotspot police scanning for networks. I get the feeling both the hotspots and the social media picture sharing will become almost impossible to police pretty much from the opening ceremony.

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