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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > A Brazilian Fined $1,800 for Sharing Internet Connection

A Brazilian Fined $1,800 for Sharing Internet Connection

A Brazilian Fined $1,800 for Sharing Internet Connection

Added: Saturday, February 26th, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
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ANATEL (Brazilian National Telecommunications Agency) has fined an Internet user almost $1,800 for sharing his Wi-Fi connection with his neighbors. ANATEL claimed that the open Wi-Fi connection made him a broadband provider, but he lacked the proper permits.

It seems like the country’s National Telecommunications Agency has too much free time: rather than focus on the real problems connected with telephone and ISP pricing and competition, the agency is targeting a person from a low-income neighborhood, who was caught sharing Internet access with three other people.

According to the report, National Telecommunications Agency fined an individual nearly $1,800, accusing him of sharing Wi-Fi connection with 3 neighbors. All of them split the bill in order to save costs, admitting that otherwise they would never be able to afford it. It’s not clear how this fact became known to the tax National Telecommunications Agency, but it visited the residence of the individual in question, where they seized a PC, modem and router. After that, the agency applied a fine of $1,800, accusing him of providing Internet services without necessary authorization from ANATEL.

However, the main question the citizens have now is whether this would make sharing an Internet connection among roommates against the law as well. As for National Telecommunications Agency, it says that it wouldn’t. Its manager, Carlos Braga Bezerra, explained that the current legislation restricts Wi-Fi connection to a single building or immovable property. If someone wants to broadcast a signal beyond, it automatically becomes an Internet service provider, which has to receive the permission of the agency. He also added that it is a very important decision, helping them to prevent consumers from creating a Wi-Fi profiting scheme.

Carlos Braga Bezerra believes that people will hardly purchase Internet services to share them with other people for free, and therefore the collection of a service can be characterized by unauthorized exploitation. Moreover, he points out that people using the shared service won’t have an opportunity to appeal to the ISP if the person who provides Wi-Fi shut it down.

Anyway, Brazilians must be pretty frustrated to learn that their National Telecommunications Agency is wasting resources to fight law-income people splitting the Internet bill.

February 26th,2011

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Date:  Saturday, February 26th, 2011

Comments (6) (please add your comment »)

posted by Turtle (2011-02-26 16:51:04)
No avatarWhats next? $3,000 for using an router for multiple pc's while paying for one internet connection?(internal use)

Thanxs for the article

posted by (2011-02-26 17:31:40)
No avatarWhat about all the business's that offer wifi to the ppl that come in a buy stuff. is that not the same thing. They make a profit from the sharing of the wifi ...

posted by Blocked (2011-02-27 00:25:30)
menahunie avatarA point is being missed here. I would guess one of these guys three neighbors was freeloading and wasn't paying his fair share of the bill, so when this guy maybe confronted him this neighbor ratted him out; but that is my guess. I am very sure one of these neighbors is going to get a whooping...
I have a similar situation with five of my neighbors; but any of them gets stupid all of them get a notice and in it explains who is doing what and what is going to happen. Most times the other four neighbors go talk to the causing the problem and it goes away fast.. Where I am they don't have laws like this in Brazil.. My ISP knows about it and I was told they don't care if I had 100 computers hooked up; I still can't go past my 21mbps download speed cap my plan has.

posted by (2011-02-27 23:37:12)
madwiggyNLD avatarlol nice read hahaha damn shame . if you do it do it right (without letting them know you have the Wifi lol like me .
my neighbors have dubble the upload then. you know from where i upload xD.tnkx again sam 4 the read

posted by (2011-02-28 01:32:16)
No avatarWow bad precedent, lets hope nothing like this comes the UK or the US. If so we are all boned.

posted by (2011-02-28 05:38:36)
wylde avatar@ Maddog - Businesses, at least in Australia, are able to re-sell part of their internet. I was going to do it here and supply about 5 neighbours (unlimited ADSL2+), but I got greedy and kept the speed for myself.

Think about it.. Motel room rental supplies wi-fi for a fee, and there are plenty of other straight forward examples as well. That's for business ADSL, I didn't look into doing the same on a private/home account.

This is a seriously eff't up waste of resources.

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