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Old 12-25-2014, 04:21 PM   #1
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LXer: Boycott the Marriott and other hotels that block Wi-Fi


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The media has been abuzz with stories recently about how the Marriott hotel has blocked Wi-Fi access in a desperate attempt to get its customers to pay the hotel for Internet access. Yes, the Marriott a billion dollar corporation has been attempting to gouge its customers by blocking private Wi-Fi connections, and now the company wants the FCC to give them its blessing.

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Old 12-25-2014, 05:45 PM   #2
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https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20...ice-wifi.shtml

There is no need to boycott marriott, they were fined and they will be fined if they do it again, because any jammer is against FCC rules. If the FCC changes its rules then first thing I'm getting is a radar jammer and drone jammer too.
 
Old 12-26-2014, 10:58 AM   #3
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One of my criteria for selecting a hotel is that they provide free WiFi in the room. So, I suppose, I was already boycoting the Mariott but didn't know it.
In fact I'm not sure I've ever stayed in a Mariott -- granted I don't stay in hotels all that often but I've stayed in around half a dozen at least as an adult.
 
Old 12-26-2014, 07:49 PM   #4
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Back when I was on the road at least one week a month, my preferred hotel was a Marriott Courtyard. They had free ethernet jacks in all the rooms (they also had a real breakfast and dinner, but commonly did not serve lunch because their customers were primarily business persons who weren't around at lunch time). The one time I stayed at a regular Marriott (2+ times the Courtyard rate), they wanted $10.00 a day for internet access. (This may have changed since my road-warrior days.)

It's interesting. Mid-range hotels commonly do not charge for internet access; high-end hotels do. I think the theory is that persons who can pay for an expensive hotel room are either on expense accounts or don't care.

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Hmm, looks like they haven't repented of their sins:
http://mashable.com/2014/12/31/marriott-blocking-wi-fi/

Apparently they feel they've done nothing wrong and are protecting the public. Two thumbs down
 
Old 01-02-2015, 01:22 PM   #6
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Where's the call to boycott the FCC?

Also, it's amusing that there's now three articles in this thread and none of them cover the original story, but all of them make it a point to grandstand over how outrageous it is of Marriott to manage WiFi on their private property (during a huge conference).
 
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Where's the call to boycott the FCC?

Also, it's amusing that there's now three articles in this thread and none of them cover the original story, but all of them make it a point to grandstand over how outrageous it is of Marriott to manage WiFi on their private property (during a huge conference).
Jamming radar is illegal even on private properly, see FCC rules. I guess it is worthy to boycott Marriott after all, because they don't seem to have the right idea. Will try not to stay at one in the future.
 
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I'm guessing that were it possible a fair few people would boycott the FCC.
"Managing", yes, very good. What they did was break the law rather than manage public relations.
 
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Jamming radar is illegal even on private properly, see FCC rules.
It's against The Law and all laws are just. A fine bit of circular logic to stand behind. But then you said:

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I guess it is worthy to boycott Marriott after all, because they don't seem to have the right idea. Will try not to stay at one in the future.
Now that they're trying to change the law, they don't have the right idea? Wat.
 
  


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