The Dutch Telecoms Regulator has announced it will require Dutch hotels to register as ISPs (Slashdot article).
Despite the fact that the hotel usually doesn’t own the wifi infrastructure in the hotel, and certainly isn’t an ISP in the normal sense, the Dutch regulator’s rationale is that the hotel is reselling the ISP service – i.e. is a VISP.
I don’t see this is always the case, as the hotels in the .nl, from my experience, don’t rebrand the ISP services as their own. However, they often collect the money and charge it to your room folio.
I suspect the meta question here is what does this mean for hotspots generally, especially the ones which are currently free?
Does this drive up their costs significantly enough to either a) cause free hotspots to charge or b) shut the hotspot down, because the costs of the bureaucracy aren’t recovered?
What happens if I let someone else use a MiFi that I own? Am I an ISP too?
Seems more thought is needed!