The citizens of Coshocton, Ohio are without their free internet after a single download prompted the Motion Picture Association of America to shut down the town’s municipal Wi-Fi network.
This is by no means the first time the MPAA has stepped on the little guy in their crusade to eradicate piracy, but it is a particularly egregious instance of it. The free Wi-Fi network in Coshocton, Ohio supported anywhere from “a dozen people a day to 100 during busy times”, all of whom are left without internet after the shut down. As nations like Finland move to make broadband access a legal right, it is unfortunately clear that some powerful people still consider it a privilege and not a necessity.
Let this be a lesson to those who not only enjoy but depend on free Wi-Fi networks. Enjoy it while it lasts, because if Dennis the Menace down the block can’t wait for Transformers 3 to come out on DVD, you might be out a connection. [Via BoingBoing]