by Michael J. Shapiro | January 21, 2015
Marriott International will not block guests from using personal Wi-Fi devices at any of the properties in its portfolio, the lodging giant said in a statement. The FCC fined Marriott $600,000 last October for blocking personal Wi-Fi devices in its Gaylord Opryland meeting spaces. Following that ruling, Marriott has been seeking to clarify with the FCC what measures the company may use to ensure the security of its meeting-venue networks. But the public backlash against even that clarification filing with the FCC was significant. "Marriott International listens to its customers," the statement reads. "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."