Selling Internet Bandwidth? Legal or Illegal?


Never in our history of the Internet, broadband subscribers are given the liberty to rechannel their excess Internet bandwidth for social good. Imaging if you could resell your unlimited broadband Internet at home and let people connect to you seamlessly on a pay-as-you-go basis, such new profound approach brings new income opportunities, providing tremendous convenience and affordability to the critical mass. The would further benefit international tourists who neither purchase a tourist SIM card nor turning their expensive data roaming on.

But speaking from the legal perspective, is it really ok for us to resell our (paid but unused) Internet bandwidth?

"Technically speaking, it’s the same as reselling excess energy back to the grid." - Yen Pei Tay, Co-founder & CEO of Simplify

Although the network infrastructure belongs to the telecoms, the data subscription, smartphones and Wi-Fi routers used to broadcast Wi-Fi signals, are owned by the subscribers. In addition, Wi-Fi operates on an unlicensed spectrum, which means any one may broadcast a Wi-Fi network without needing a license. Technically speaking, it is the same as reselling excess energy back to the grid.

Who owns the Internet subscription?

Didn't we all pay for our Internet subscription every month? Now, the question is who own the Internet access.

Simplify operates on a sharing economy model, very much like AirBnB and Uber. The company is on its mission to liberate connectivity, enabling P2P Internet sharing and bringing affordable Internet to everyone.


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