Marriott hotels to stop blocking wi-fi devices

Marriott International has announced it will stop blocking its guests from using personal wi-fi devices at its hotels.

Marriot's Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Nashville
Marriot's Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Nashville

A statement released on its website this week said: "Marriott International listens to its customers, and we will not block guests from using their personal wi-fi devices at any of our managed hotels. Marriott remains committed to protecting the security of wi-fi access in meeting and conference areas at our hotels. 

"We will continue to look to the FCC to clarify appropriate security measures network operators can take to protect customer data, and will continue to work with the industry and others to find appropriate market solutions that do not involve the blocking of wi-fi devices."

Marriott was fined £373,000 ($600,000) last year after the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Centre in Nashville, Tennessee, blocked conference delegates’ own wi-fi networks and forced them to pay for the hotel’s connection.

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