No, it’s not just a conspiracy theory. It turns out the federal government is concerned about it, too.
Marriott has agreed to pay a $600,000 fine after the Federal Communications Commission found the company blocked consumer Wi-Fi networks last year during an event at a hotel and conference center in Nashville.
At the same time, Marriott was charging exhibitors and others as much as $1,000 per device to access the hotel’s wireless network, the FCC announced Friday.
It’s about time they started cracking down on this nonsense. As a frequent traveler, I will also say that I do not stay at hotels unless they have free Wi-Fi. The higher-end the hotel, the less likely they are to offer free Wi-Fi, which is ludicrous. If I’m paying more, I shouldn’t get less!
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