FCC fining groups that block WiFi access

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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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