FCC: WiFi Blocking Is Illegal And We'll Prosecute
The FCC today issued a stern reminder to businesses that blocking or jamming WiFi signals for any reason is illegal. "Willful or malicious interference with WiFi hotspots is illegal," said the FCC. "The Enforcement Bureau has seen a disturbing trend in which hotels and other commercial establishments block wireless consumers from using their own personal WFi hotspots on the commercial establishment's premises. As a result, the Bureau is protecting consumers by aggressively investigating and acting against such unlawful intentional interference." The FCC fined Marriott hotels $600,000 last year for blocking guests' WiFi hotspots at one of its properties. "WiFi represents an essential on-ramp to the Internet," noted the FCC. "Personal WiFi networks, or 'hot spots,' are an important way that consumers connect to the internet." The FCC also pointed out that it is illegal to market, sell, or operate equipment that jams wireless signals.
AT&T iPhone Owners Can Now Use WiFi Calling
AT&T today enabled WiFi calling on the iPhone. iPhone owners who've updated to iOS 9 can make and receive voice calls via WiFi rather than cellular networks.
FCC Fines Smart City for Blocking Conventioneers' WiFi
The FCC today levied a $750,000 fine against Smart City for preventing consumers from setting up and operating their own WiFi hotspots in several convention centers around the country. Smart City runs the WiFi services at select conference facilities and charges exhibitors and attendees $80 per day to connect to the internet.
FCC Fines Chinese Firm $35M for Selling Cell Jammers
The FCC today levied a fine of $34.9 million against a China-based company for marketing and selling illegal cell signal jammers in the U.S. The FCC says CTS Technology marketed some 285 different types of signal jammers to U.S.
C Spire Boosts WiFi Hotspot Access for iPhones
C Spire Wireless today expanded its WiFi On service to iOS devices, allowing its iPhone customers to more easily connect to some 20 million WiFi hotspots around the country. The WiFi On app is already available to Android handsets.