FCC imposes $750,000 fine on Smart City for blocking personal Wi-Fi connections

FCC imposes $750,000 fine on Smart City for blocking personal Wi-Fi connections

The US Federal Communications has said that it has imposed a fine of $750,000 on tech services firm Smart City Holdings LLC, which has an office in Lake Buena Vista. The company has been fined by the FCC for blocking personal Wi-Fi connections at convention centers across the US.

According to the FCC, personal Wi-Fi connections were blocked by Smart City in a number of convention centers, including the Orange County Convention Center off International Drive.

The FCC officials have revealed that the first complaint against Smart City was received by the agency on June 24, 2014. The complaint was filed by an employee of a company which sells equipment for setting up Internet hotspots.

The complainant has claimed that Smart City, the provider of Internet services at an undisclosed convention center, was apparently blocking access to independent Wi-Fi connections of the convention attendees.

With the FCC having asserted in a January-released enforcement advisory that Wi-Fi blocking is illegal, Travis LeBlanc - chief of the Enforcement Bureau of the FCC - said, in reference to the fine imposed on Smart City: "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."

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