FCC promises to bring the smackdown on those blocking mobile Wi-Fi hotspots

FCC promises to bring the smackdown on those blocking mobile Wi-Fi hotspots
You may or may not remember news over Marriott Hotels being fined by the FCC due to the hotel chain blocking the signals of personal Wi-Fi hotspots. The chain got off with a relative slap on the wrist, a $600,000 fine.

Since willfully blocking radio signals is illegal, it is safe to say that Marriott will probably not test its luck. To that end, the FCC issued a public enforcement notice to anyone that cares and paraded Marriott’s actions into the town square.

Noting that personal Wi-Fi hotspots generated from smartphones, or dedicated devices like “Mi-Fi” units, are an important part of how mobile consumers stay connected, the FCC stated plainly that Wi-Fi blocking is prohibited.



The FCC further stated that no hotel or convention center, or any other commercial establishment can intentionally disrupt Wi-Fi radio signals, citing federal laws that prohibit such action.

If you think you are having your signals compromised by jamming equipment, you can visit the FCC complaint page (source linked below), or call 1-888-CALL-FCC.

source: FCC; FCC Complaint Page

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2 Comments

1. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Rightfully so...

3. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Actually stayed at a Marriott in Colorado Springs a few months back, and they offered free Wi-fi and it was a pretty decent speed too. In fact shouldnt wifi just be a standard feature for all but the cheapest hotels by now?

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