The workshop aims to discuss whether open access/public Wi-Fi models are an effective new form of demand aggregation able to leverage the increased availability of Internet enable mobile-devices in environments where even the cost effective broadband models produce services that are unaffordable for many people. The discussion will examine various public, private and public private interplay models being deployed to provide public access and how such models might make better use of universal services funds or substitute obligations with public access provisioning by licensees. It will explore the success factors of various models including consideration of what constitutes a conducive policy and regulatory environment for Public Wi-Fi. It will be held in a flash presentation/workshop format to ensure participation and knowledge sharing amongst attendees.
Speakers provisionally confirmed: