FCC Tackles Wi-Fi Blocking

    View Authors November 2015

    Recent US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) actions show that the telecom regulator is focusing its enforcement efforts on hotels, convention centers and other companies that block or hamper consumer access to free Wi-Fi services. The Commission’s action on November 2, proposing a US$718,000 fine against a company for blocking personal Wi-Fi hotspots, is forcing hospitality venues to take notice and reconsider their Wi-Fi access policies. This publication discusses what Wi-Fi blocking is and why the FCC has targeted this practice, particularly with respect to hospitality venues.