January 13, 2015 — That stupid little fiasco that the Marriott International pulled last year around their in-house vs. guest-initiated Wi-Fi hotspots (http://www.aglmediagroup.com/fcc-slaps-hotel-for-wi-fi-jamming/), as well as some other minor Wi-Fi transgressions has the FCC looking to lay down rules regulating some Wi-Fi deployments. For the moment, the FCC is looking at whether or not to deny the recent Marriott petition that claims rogue Wi-Fi hot spots pose a security threat and can be used to “launch an attack on its network or threaten the privacy of its guests.” Okay Marriott, you are, kinda, on your own out there on this. To wit, several groups have called for the FCC to deny the petition, including the likes of Google, Microsoft, and mobile trade group CTIA.
So now, thank you very much Marriott. You have managed to get the government involved in something that was just fine. Get over it. You were greedy, you lost, suck it up and move on.
Ernest Worthman is the editor of agl Small Cell Magazine.