As promised, the Marriott hotel chain has agreed not to limit guests' use of their own Wi-Fi. "Marriott International listens to its customers, and we will not block guests from using their personal Wi-Fi devices at any of our managed hotels," it said. It was also listening to the FCC.
In October, Marriott agreed to pay $600,000 to settle FCC allegations it had intentionally blocked Wi-Fi networks of consumers in its conference facilities at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville in violation of the law. It also agreed to stop the practice.
Cable operators are continuing to extend their broadband footprint mobility via hundreds of thousands of hot spots.
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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.