The Federal Communications Commission announced today August eighteen two thousand fifteen that they reached a settlement with Smart City Holdins LLC, for seven hundred fifty thousand dollars for blocking consumer Wi-Fi Internet access. Smart City provides Wireless Internet access for conventions, meeting centers, and hotels. They were caught in two thousand fourteen disabling people’s personal hotspots.
These consumers had their own personal Internet access blocked at locations where Smart City provided Internet access, charged on a daily basis. This company was charging in upwards of eighty dollars per day for Wi-Fi Internet access. Adding insult to injury this company then blocked people from using their own data plans on their mobile devices.
Travis LeBlanc, Chief of the Federal Communication Commision’s Enforcement Bureau is quoted as saying:
“It is unacceptable for any company to charge consumers exorbitant fees to access the Internet while at
the same time blocking them from using their own personal Wi-Fi hotspots to access the Internet,”
“All companies who seek to use technologies
that block FCC-approved Wi-Fi connections are on notice that such practices are patently unlawful.”
about this situation. Their investigation revealed that if visitors and exhibitors did not pay a daily eighty dollar fee, then Smart City, would automatically block Internet access from these individuals data plans on their own devices. Smart City will stop this practice and pay a seven hundred fifty thousand dollar penalty. This company blocked people from using their own mobile Internet access in these cities, Cincinnati, Ohio; Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana; Orlando, Florida; and Phoenix, Arizona.