FCC fining groups that block WiFi access

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by danny burstein, Nov 3, 2015.

  1. Two press releases dated yesterday (just saw them today):

    1: FCC TO FINE HILTON HOTELS FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH
    WI-FI BLOCKING INVESTIGATION

    The Federal Communications Commission's Enforcement Bureau today proposed a
    $25,000 fine against Hilton Worldwide Holdings, Inc. for its apparent
    obstruction of an investigation into whether Hilton engaged in the blocking of
    consumers' Wi-Fi devices.

    In today's order, the Bureau directs Hilton to immediately provide essential
    information and documents about its Wi-Fi management practices and warns the
    company that it may face a significantly higher fine for any continued
    obstruction or delay.

    "Hotel guests deserve to have their Wi-Fi blocking complaints investigated by
    the Commission," said Travis LeBlanc, Chief of the FCC Enforcement Bureau. "To
    permit any company to unilaterally redefine the scope of our investigation
    would undermine the independent search for the truth and the due administration
    of the law."
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    rest:
    https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-fine-hilton-hotels-obstructing-wi-fi-blocking-investigation

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    2: FCC to Fine MC Dean $718K for Wi-Fi Blocking at Baltimore Conventions

    The Federal Communications Commission plans a $718,000 fine against M.C. Dean
    for blocking consumers' Wi-Fi connections at the Baltimore Convention Center.
    The FCC's Enforcement Bureau investigation found that M.C. Dean, Inc., one of
    the nation's largest electrical contracting companies, blocked personal mobile
    "hotspots" of convention visitors and exhibitors who tried to use their own
    data plans to connect to the Internet rather than paying M.C. Dean substantial
    fees to use the company's Wi-Fi service.

    "Consumers are tired of being taken advantage of by hotels and convention
    centers that block their personal Wi-Fi connections," said Travis LeBlanc,
    Chief of the FCC's Enforcement Bureau. "This disturbing practice must come to
    an end. It is patently unlawful for any company to maliciously block
    FCC-approved Wi-Fi connections."
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    rest:
    https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-fine-mc-dean-718k-wi-fi-blocking-baltimore-conventions-0
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    danny burstein, Nov 3, 2015
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