Marriott fined $600,000 over jammed customer Wi-Fi

10/03/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Nashville, TN – Marriott will reportedly be required to pay a $600,000 penalty after allegedly intentionally jamming the Wi-Fi of customers. As reported by WebProNews, the world’s largest hotel company reached an agreement with the FCC over a complaint received by the commission last year.

The complainant was a guest who had stayed at the Nashville based Gaylord Opryland hotel. Wi-Fi is included in the hotel’s resort fee; however, the customer complained that Marriott jammed “mobile hotspots so that you can’t use them in the convention space,” which left guests unable to use their own Wi-Fi networks.

According to the FCC, “Section 333 of the Communications Act provides that ‘No person shall willfully or maliciously interfere with or cause interference to any radio communications of any station licensed or authorized by or under this Act or operated by the United States Government.’ The Bureau previously has indicated that the use of jammers to interfere with Wi-Fi transmissions violates Section 333.3.”

This report is provided by Justice News Flash – Tennessee Legal News

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