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FCC to fine company for allegedly blocking personal Wi-Fi hotspots at Baltimore Convention Center

FCC to fine company for allegedly blocking personal Wi-Fi hotspots at Baltimore Convention Center

The Federal Communications Commission plans to fine a Virginia-based electrical contracting system for allegedly blocking personal mobile Wi-Fi connections at the Baltimore Convention Center, it announced Monday.

The FCC will fine M.C. Dean Inc. $718,000 for the alleged practice of blocking mobile "hotspots" for conventiongoers trying to use their own plans to connect to the Internet, rather than paying M.C. Dean to connect to the company's Wi-Fi service.

M.C. Dean is an exclusive provider of Wi-Fi at the Baltimore Convention Center and charged exhibitors and visitors as much as $1,095 per event for Wi-Fi, according to the FCC.

The company said it...

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