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Bring your own WiFi–the FCC fines Smart City $750,000!


USA Today (click here for story) reports that Smart City, a major internet and WiFi provider at trade shows across the country, has been fined $750,000 for jamming WiFi signals and forcing exhibitors to pay fees to use their own WiFi. “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 Federal Communication Commission’s enforcement bureau, in a news release”

NewLeads has fought this practice for several years and finally, thanks in large part to the hard work of exhibitor-rights advocate Ian Framson of Trade Show Internet (TSI), a provider of WiFi kits for exhibitors. The FCC investigated a TSI formal complaint and found Smart City to be in violation of jamming TSI customers in several instances. This is the second FCC crackdown on WiFi jamming in a year; the previous $750,000 fine was levied against Marriott nearly a year ago. Thanks and kudos to Ian Framson and TSI for taking the time and spending the money to fight this illegal practice, Please send him a congrats and your thanks to: ian@tradeshowinternet.com. Great job, Ian; this is a win for all exhibitors.