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FCC fines Smart City $750,000 for blocking Wi-Fi

August 18, 2015

Today the FCC levied a large fine on Smart City for blocking Wi-Fi access at Convention Centers by attendees using their own mobile hotspots.  This is the second significant fine for such actions, with an earlier fine of $600,000 to a major hotel chain.  A copy of the decision can be found here

It is vital that venues do not attempt to block wireless signals in their venues.  The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau has been vigilant in responding to user complaints.  In-building communications have been a vital part of public safety as well as everyday communications.  Ordinances are being drafted and rewritten on a regular basis by municipalities ensuring access.  If you have any questions about in-building communications regarding Bi-Directional Amplifiers, Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) or Cell Blocking Systems, the Shulman Rogers Telecommunications Department can provide assistance.