If your attendees or exhibitors want to set up mobile hot-spots as alternatives to using a venue’s Wi-Fi provider, they should go right ahead, says the Federal Communications Commission.
“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,” said Travis LeBlanc, chief of the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau, in a press release. “All companies who seek to use technologies that block FCC-approved Wi-Fi connections are on notice that such practices are patently unlawful.” In January, the FCC released an advisory, titled “Warning: Wi-Fi Blocking is Prohibited.”
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