US Federal Communications Commission Warns Hotels, other Entities against Blocking Personal Wi-Fi Access

US Federal Communications Commission Warns Hotels, other Entities against Blocking Personal Wi-Fi Access

On Tuesday, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued warning to hotels and other entities against blocking personal Wi-Fi access or hot spots. According to the FCC, it was illegal and might incur heavy fines.

It was found in an investigation at a resort hotel and convention center in 2014 that Marriott International Inc. had blocked consumer access to hot spots. According to the Wall Street Journal, Marriott had settled the case by paying a $600,000 civil penalty for the action at its Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

"The Enforcement Bureau has seen a disturbing trend in which hotels and other commercial establishments block wireless consumers from using their own personal Wi-Fi hot spots on the commercial establishment's premises", the agency said in a statement on its website.

According to the paper, Marriott had petitioned the FCC to alter its policy. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the Communications Act bans any person from intentionally or maliciously interfering with authorized radio communications involving Wi-Fi.

According to Spokesman of a Marriott, it wouldn't block guests from using personal Wi-Fi devices. The FCC has asked people to contact the agency if anyone is suspected of blocking a Wi-Fi hotspot.

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