Tuesday, November 10, 2015

F.C.C. Sides With Hot Spots, and Hospitality Industry Feels a Chill

Fed up with Internet charges that can range into six figures, more meeting planners are instead using mobile hot spots to connect at conferences and conventions. But their efforts have at times been stymied, when the venues have electronically blocked the transmissions.

The Federal Communications Commission has recently been intervening in this high-tech game of cat and mouse. Last week, the commission proposed a $718,000 fine against M. C. Dean, the company that provides Internet services at the Baltimore Convention Center, over accusations that the company blocked Wi-Fi hot spots, as well as a $25,000 fine against Hilton Worldwide Holdings for what the agency called “apparent obstruction of an investigation” into Wi-Fi blocking.

More:  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/10/business/mobile-hot-spots-fcc-hotels-convention-centers.html

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