Marriott guests didn't take the chain's Wi-Fi-blocking practice sitting down and fought back, with Marriott International ultimately getting fined $600,000. What makes Hilton Worldwide think it can evade the same fate?
What a few days for consumer aviation panels. Although we're not sure how happy consumers will be about in-flight calling. We've dealt with calling on trains and it's no picnic indeed.
The FCC couldn't have more forcefully rejected the hotel industry's efforts to block Wi-Fi hotspots at meetings, conventions or anywhere else.
Fair or not, the modern traveler judges hotels by their Wi-Fi forwardness. The American hotel industry has everything to lose and nothing to win in this fight, even if it wins a ruling by FCC.
Marriott is claiming that its plans are misunderstood and that it merely seeks permission from the FCC to jam others' Wi-Fi in its conference rooms only. But travelers are telling the FCC that they don't want to be reliant on hotel Wi-Fi in conference rooms and other areas of the hotel.
In-flight calls are inevitable, but the rules surrounding their use and the etiquette that will arise is yet to be seen.
Passengers have both good and bad habits on the ground, and they still have them in the air, whether or not you can make a call from time to time.
How do you say "Call Nick Bilton!" in Mandarin?
It shouldn't take a death for hotels across the country to realize a major flaw in their in-room safety infrastructure. The FCC is urging hotels to take action before making direct 911 dialing mandatory.