The FCC issued an advisory Tuesday that warns companies not to block personal Wi-Fi devices. The companies have said their interest is in maintaining their own network security. To that end, we are convening an AH&LA industry task force to develop practical, market-based solutions and are collaborating with our partners in the technology, telecommunications and other sectors to address this issue quickly.
“In the 21st Century, Wi-Fi represents an essential on-ramp to the Internet,” the FCC stated. “Persons or businesses causing intentional interference to Wi-Fi hotspots are subject to enforcement action.”
The Enforcement Bureau has seen a disturbing trend in which hotels and other commercial establishments block wireless consumers from using their own personal Wi-Fi hot spots on the commercial establishment’s premises. As a result, the Bureau is protecting consumers by aggressively investigating and acting against such unlawful intentional interference.
“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.”
“Research shows that there were some 42 million cybersecurity incidents last year, marking an almost 50% increase over the year before,” the association said in a statement. “With nearly five million people checking into hotels every day, protecting them against cybersecurity threats is of utmost importance.”
“As an industry we seek to address this challenge while continuing to provide access to secure Wi-Fi. To that end, we are convening an AH&LA industry task force to develop practical, market-based solutions and are collaborating with our partners in the technology, telecommunications and other sectors to address this issue quickly. In the meantime, we think it is incumbent on policy makers to consider how their current rules may impact consumer safety and security.” Read more…