Marriott will cough up $600,000 in penalties after being caught blocking mobile hotspots so that guests would have to pay for its own WiFi services, the FCC has confirmed today. The fine comes after staff at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee were found to be jamming individual hotspots and then charging people up to $1,000 per device to get online.
There are a lot of Google-owned entities, with some overlapping in a big way. One of those situations involves Project Loon, born of Google X, and Titan Aerospace, which Google purchased earlier this year. The two will team up to offer Internet service over areas that don’t currently have a strong signal, if one at all, with Google testing Titan drones in New Mexico.
By now, the Android version of the iPad mini — the Nexus 9 — is a foregone conclusion. We’ve seen enough leaks and such to make us believe it’s coming this Fall, so this bit of info falls right in line with the rest. A peripheral keyboard, which may be a cover, has come under the Chinese version of the FCC.
TiVo has been one of the mainstays of the TV DVR market but has unfortunately somewhat lagged behind, especially when keeping up with the times and trends. While many of its competitors, especially the myriad set-top boxes available today, have embraced wireless completely, TiVo has come up short. While TiVo seems to have a new Mini model with wireless capability, it might still disappoint those wishing for good old WiFi connections.
Consumers tend to look favorably on municipal broadband, as it usually comes with the perk of faster speeds and lower pricing than the big-ISP alternative. However, as of earlier this year, 20 states have limitations on such municipal networks -- largely in part due to lobbying -- and if AT&T has its way, that number will continue to grow.
News surfaced earlier this week that Comcast was making a large contribution to a dinner honoring FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, something joined by a similar -- but smaller -- contribution from Time Warner Cable. This drew intense criticism, and now both companies have backtracked on their plans.
Comcast and Time Warner Cable: two companies trying to become one, and not without quite a bit of resistance along the way. A dinner to honor the FCC's Commissioner Mignon Clyburn is coming next month, and as a curious matter, Comcast will be pay $110,000 to be a Presenting Sponsor.
The Federal Communications Commission voted earlier today in favor of requiring all carriers in the US to support 911 texting. The support will have to be in place by the end of 2014, according to the Washington Post, but it won't necessarily be available in your region any time soon -- approximately 2-percent of emergency dispatchers can accepts texts.
In the wake of Verizon throttling its heaviest unlimited data users, the FCC sent a letter to the carrier asking for clarification. Though it’s not known if other carriers are doing so, the FCC is nonetheless interested. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has announced they’re discussing this with all other carriers to find out if throttling is a “thing” or not.