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Major hotel chains busted for jamming your Wi-Fi

Major hotel chains busted for jamming your Wi-Fi
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The federal government is losing its patience when it comes to companies duping you out of your money. In fact, when it comes to the Federal Communications Commission, it's out there issuing fines on your behalf.

The issue has to do with Wi-Fi jamming. That's when a company blocks access to Wi-Fi hotspots, and then charges you to access its Wi-Fi.

The FCC just issued two such fines. One is against the Hilton Hotel in Anaheim, California. The FCC fined Hilton $25,000 and is ordering the hotel to turn over information the FCC says it was withholding from them.

Hilton is accused of jamming guests' Wi-Fi hotspot access and charging them as much as $500 to access its Wi-Fi. Hilton hasn't been found guilty yet, so the fine is for obstructing the FCC's investigation. Hilton may be fined more if it is found guilty.

The FCC also fined the IT services company M.C. Dean $718,000. The FCC says M.C. Dean blocked people's Wi-Fi at the Baltimore Convention Center. Worse, it then charged people up to $1,095 to access its Wi-Fi connection.

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Source: The Register
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