When I read “Marriot said it believed that the Gaylord Opryland’s actions were lawful” as Marriot’s response to being fined $600K, it makes me think the fine was too low. The convention racket is a racket, ya think?

If an individual instead of a corporation had done this, they would have also had the DMCA book thrown at them for circumventing access controls (or some similar draconian laws, I’m no lawyer), but as well know some animals are more equal than others, so they’re getting off with a trivial FCC slap on the wrist.

Marriott fined for blocking wi-fi at Nashville hotel

Michael K Johnson October 03, 2014 21:53

Well, in this case they were taking down WiFi hotspots, not blocking cell, and I’m wondering whether it was only open WiFi hotspots… Not enough detail in the news reports.

Michael K Johnson October 03, 2014 22:25

Washington Post said: The agency said employees at one Tennessee hotel, the Gaylord Opryland, deliberately sought out visitors who were using WiFi hotspots and sent “de-authentication packets” to those devices, disconnecting them from laptops, tablets and phones.

Whatever that means…

Eugene Crosser October 04, 2014 05:33

probably this: http://hackaday.com/2011/10/04/wifi-jamming-via-deauthentication-packets/

Jes Sorensen October 05, 2014 09:13

Just yet another reason for avoiding Marriott owned hotels at any cost…. 

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