FCC Tells Massport For Once And For All, Keep Your Paws Off Our Unlicensed Spectrum
from the it's-ours-we-tell-you-ours dept
More than a year ago, Massport, which operates Boston’s Logan Airport, told Continental Airlines that it had to shut off its free WiFi service, because Massport had signed a deal with a commercial WiFi provider guaranteeing it exclusivity in the facility. This was despite the FCC being crystal clear that it, and it alone has the right to regulate unlicensed spectrum, and that landlords can’t stop tenants from using devices and services that operate within it. Massport then made the ridiculous claim that Continental’s WiFi was a security threat, which the FCC didn’t buy either. Now, the Commission has delivered its ruling stating that Massport has no right to make tenants shut off their WiFi. As Glenn Fleishman points out, the FCC really smacked down Massport, comprehensively destroying its argument and definitively reiterating that only it can regulate unlicensed spectrum, and that landlords have absolutely no right to restrict how their tenants use it.