Business is as business does. This is capitalism, baby!
The Federal Communications Commission announced Friday that it was fining Marriott International $600,000 for unlawfully blocking customers’ Wi-Fi access in a conference room at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, which is operated by the company.
According to a statement from the FCC, Marriott workers were using “Wi-Fi blocking technology” called jammers to prevent people at the hotel from using the Internet via their own personal Wi-Fi networks they established with smartphones or mobile Wi-Fi devices. Meanwhile, the hotel was charging $250 to $1,000 per device to connect to its wireless network in its conference facility.
No, really. Show of hands. Anyone actually surprised that Mariott would do this?
Cohn, Emily. “Marriott Illegally Blocked People’s Internet Access And Charged Them Up To $1,000 Instead”. The Huffington Post. 3 October 2014.