Journalists and citizens attending this week’s Presidential debate at Hofstra University found out that WiFi at the event would cost them $200, Techdirt reported.
According to Techdirt, the college was going around with a WiFi signal detector to identify those using their smartphone as a mobile hotspot, and encouraging them to instead shell out the fee for a few hours of Hofstra WiFi.
“The behavior caught the eye of FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, who proclaimed on Twitter that there’s ‘something not right’ with what Hofstra was doing, and that it potentially violated FCC rules,” reproted Techdirt.
Recently, the FCC has fined hotel and conference center companies, such as Marriott, for willfully blocking users’ hotspots from working, forcing them to shell out exorbinant rates for conference center WiFi.
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