Wi-fi sharing plan launched in UK

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The UK's wireless net credentials have been boosted with the launch of a wi-fi sharing community by BT.
BT has backed a global wireless sharing service called Fon, billing it as the "world's largest wi-fi community".

The firm's three million broadband customers will be able to share their wi-fi with others in the Fon community.

BT's scheme with Spanish firm Fon will boost the 500,000-strong community of users around the world and add to the existing 190,000 Fon hotspots.

The BT Fon service lets people share a "small portion" of their home broadband connection by opening up a separate secure channel on their wireless router.

Fon users can access broadband when in range of another community member's hotspot.

Gavin Patterson, BT Group's managing director, said the plan was to create "the people's network of wi-fi, that could one day cover every street in Britain".

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