FCC & Venues Collaborate on Wireless Rules

VenuesToday.com reports that venue operators teamed up with the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) to better define best practices of internet rules and regulations at trade shows, exhibitions and meeting spaces at venues across the nation.

Initially, the FCC told hotel operators, venue managers and trade show organizers that they were not allowed to manage or deauthenticate internet providers — whether it be from a personal cellular device or an outside router — that disrupted other networks. However, without managing various networks, internet jamming took place, crippling wireless business at venues.

Essentially, the FCC’s enforcement bureau said the rules regarding radio jamming included the access points of a wireless network, which broadcasts a signal just like a radio or radio station.

Network provider Smart City, and others in the industry — hotels and convention centers — were cited by the FCC for utilizing the “deauthentication” containment features that are standard network management tools built into FCC approved wireless equipment. They claimed that they were “jamming” other rogue devices to force them to buy our services, said Mark Haley, president of Smart City. His company disputed the claim.

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