FCC Wi-Fi Blocking Crackdown Could Spark Legal Challenge

Law360, Washington (November 5, 2015, 1:37 PM EST) -- The first legal challenge to the Federal Communications Commission’s enforcement actions against Wi-Fi blocking could stem from a proposed fine released Monday, which Republican commissioners and some attorneys say is another example of policymaking through enforcement.

The FCC has proposed a $718,000 fine against M.C. Dean Inc. for allegedly blocking personal mobile Wi-Fi hot spots at the Baltimore Convention Center, where the electrical contracting company is the exclusive Wi-Fi access provider.

M.C. Dean's was the third enforcement action related to Wi-Fi blocking at hotels and convention centers in the past year — and the first that has not been resolved through...

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