A Federal Communications Commission member said the agency should dismiss Marriott International Inc.’s request to block hotel guests’ use of personal Wi-Fi.
Marriott, fined $600,000 in October by the FCC for blocking people’s Wi-Fi “hot spots” so they’d have to buy the hotel’s service, asked the agency two months earlier to approve wireless security measures, even those that interfere with guests’ devices.
“This is a bad idea,” Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, a member of the FCC’s Democratic majority, said in a speech in Washington. “I hope my colleagues at the FCC will work with me to dismiss this petition without delay.”
Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. earlier asked the agency to deny the petition, filed by Marriott, a trade group and the real estate investment trust Ryman Hospitality Properties Inc.
The FCC in October said Marriott had blocked hotel customers from connecting to the Internet on personal Wi-Fi networks in order to force them to pay for the hotel’s network. Marriott charged consumers, small businesses and exhibitors as much as $1,000 per device to access Marriott’s Wi-Fi network, the agency said.
Jeff Flaherty, a spokesman for Bethesda, Maryland-based Marriott, didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail. Neil Grace, an FCC spokesman, declined to comment.
This article was written by Todd Shields from Bloomberg and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.