Hotspot blocking continues to trouble Marriott critics

The hotel chain insists that the practice is meant to prevent cyber attacks against customers, but many still aren’t satisfied with that explanation.

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Smartphone users are hopping mad at Marriott.

Back in August, Marriott petitioned the FCC to ask for permission to use Wi-Fi jammers to restrict guests’ access to their personal Wi-Fi networks, which originate from their phones. Three months ago, the Federal Communications Commission fined the hotel chain $600,000 for blocking guests’ access to personal Wi-Fi hotspots at a Nashville hotel.

In the weeks since, dozens of people have filed complaints on the FCC website , so last week, Marriott issued a statement that read, in part:

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