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Marriott to pay FCC $600,000 For Blocking Wi-Fi

7:21 pm on Oct 3, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Marriott Hotel Services has come to a $600,000 agreement with the Federal Communications Commission to settle allegations that the hotel chain "interfered with and disabled Wi-Fi networks established by consumers in the conference facilities" at a Nashville hotel in March 2013.

5:37 pm on Oct 4, 2014 (gmt 0)


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From the Marriot spokesperson:

We will continue to encourage the FCC to pursue a rulemaking in order to eliminate the ongoing confusion . .

Confusion my arse. If there was a bona fide case for ambiguity their lawyers would be all over the place challenging and appealing the matter.

Okay, maybe I'm confused by their spokesperson's statement. I interpret the statement to mean "write rules that enable us to pocket as much money as possible, by allowing us to block personal wifi hotspots . . ". Maybe I'm wrong. It's a bit ambiguous.

I despise corporations and their legislative frontmen/women who cry out of one side of their mouths "Too many regulations!" AND THEN out of the other side of their mouths, in the legislative halls, they urge legislators and regulatory bodies to craft laws and regulations that enhance their bottom lines, immunize them from legal accountability, shred consumer protections, etc.
1:18 pm on Oct 6, 2014 (gmt 0)

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More power to the FCC.

Nothing pisses me off more than going to a conference and being forced to use their overloaded, crappy conference wireless network because they are jamming my own high speed Mifi.

Seems like every conference I go to these days does this. Maybe after a few more of them get fined, they will stop.

I'll be sure to report every conference I attend that is still using this practice to the FCC... I would encourage everyone else to do the same.

Hmmm I am at a conference this week. Will be interesting to see if they are using this practice.
5:54 pm on Oct 6, 2014 (gmt 0)

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if it's ok for Marriott to block a visitor, would it be ok for a visitor to block Marriott?

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