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Marriott Releases It's Grip On The Airwaves

Marriott International is dropping it's attempt to keep a stranglehold on anyone using (gasp) their own WiFi while on Marriott property.
"Marriott International has decided to withdraw as a party to the petition seeking direction from the [Federal Communications Commission] on legal WiFi security measures," Bruce Hoffmeister, Global Chief Information Officer for Marriott said in a statement provided to eWEEK.

Marriott was fined for blocking WiFi hotspots at one of its properties in 2014. The blocking took place in conference areas and not in guest rooms. In January 2015, Marriott said that it would not block guest access to WiFi.

Hoffmeister reiterated that stance in the Jan. 30 statement provided to eWEEK. "As we have said, we will not block WiFi signals at any hotel we manage for any reason."

While the Marriott statement focuses on security, the company and the FCC were flooded with complaints that the real reason was so that Marriott could charge for WiFi use in its meeting facilities, which can cost as much as $1,000 per access point.
eWeek

"Marriott International has decided to withdraw as a party to the petition seeking direction from the [Federal Communications Commission] on legal WiFi security measures," Bruce Hoffmeister, Global Chief Information Officer for Marriott said in a statement provided to eWEEK. Marriott was fined for blocking WiFi hotspots at one of its properties in 2014. The blocking took place in conference areas and not in guest rooms. In January 2015, Marriott said that it would not block guest access to WiFi. Hoffmeister reiterated that stance in the Jan. 30 statement provided to eWEEK. "As we have said, we will not block WiFi signals at any hotel we manage for any reason."
While the Marriott statement focuses on security, the company and the FCC were flooded with complaints that the real reason was so that Marriott could charge for WiFi use in its meeting facilities, which can cost as much as $1,000 per access point. - See more at: http://www.eweek.com/mobile/marriott-drops-petition-asking-the-fcc-to-allow-wifi-blocking.html#sthash.n0RgKiBS.dpuf

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