The FCC has been taking a much-needed stand against companies that block personal Wi-Fi hotspots in an effort to get people to buy overpriced access to (normally crap) Wi-Fi networks. The latest pair of cartoon corporate villains: Hilton Hotels, and M.C. Dean, provider to Wi-Fi to the Baltimore Convention Center.
In the first of two separate cases, the FCC slapped M.C. Dean with a $718,000 fine for interfering with Wi-Fi hotspots at Baltimore Convention Center. Its investigation found that the company had enabled an ‘Auto Block Mode’ on its Wi-Fi system, which subtly jammed all other Wi-Fi routers in the building.