The Wifi War

Marriott Withdraws from FCC Petition

Marriott International has decided to withdraw as a party to the petition seeking direction from the FCC on legal Wi-Fi security measures.

Marriott Statement by Bruce Hoffmeister, Global Chief Information Officer, Marriott International

Marriott International has decided to withdraw as a party to the petition seeking direction from the FCC on legal Wi-Fi security measures. 

Our intent was to protect personal data in Wi-Fi hotspots for large conferences. We thought we were doing the right thing asking the FCC to provide guidance, but the FCC has indicated its opposition. As we have said, we will not block Wi-Fi signals at any hotel we manage for any reason. And, as of January 15, we provide free Wi-Fi to all members of our Marriott Rewards program who book directly with us. We’re doing everything we can to promote our customers’ connectivity using mobile and other devices, and we’re working with the industry to find security solutions that do not involve blocking our guests' use of their Wi-Fi devices.



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