Staff at Monday night’s presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are using handheld “AirCheck” devices to detect unauthorized Internet use by members of the media.
The device, produced by Fluke Networks, identifies and flags both “rogue networks” and unauthorized clients.
According to Politico writer Kenneth P. Vogel, technicians are attempting to shut down hotspots and dongles used by the press in order to push them towards the event’s $200 WiFi access.
— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) September 26, 2016
As noted by Vocative journalist Steph Haberman, the limited options also include $75 for electricity with no Internet access or $325 for Ethernet.
— (((Steph Haberman))) (@StephLauren) September 26, 2016
The Long Island Patch stated that several journalists were seen bribing Hofstra University students for access to the school’s network.
— Long Island Patch (@longislandpatch) September 26, 2016
Despite the seemingly excessive price, reports indicate that the WiFi has been down for large periods of time thus far.
Hofstra University's wifi for thousands of journalists has been down for last 45 mins at #debates. A Hofstra hot mess.
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) September 26, 2016
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