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Gov't to increase free wireless Internet zones

SEOUL, July 12 (Yonhap) -- The government said Friday that it plans to provide more free wireless Internet access zones across the country, giving citizens better access to the Web from portable devices.

According to the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, 2,000 locations, including bus terminals and hospitals, have been connected with free wireless-fidelity (WiFi) networks.

The ministry said the number of free Internet access spots will rise to 12,000 by 2017.

People can access the WiFi zones for free by selecting public WiFi as their wireless network and then logging in through a user authentication system operated by the country's three mobile carriers.

User authentication will be renewed every hour to make certain those not using WiFi do not prevent others from free Internet connectivity, the ministry said.

sam@yna.co.kr

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