JerseyAthletic saidThere is no way to do this. If my personal wifi is my cell phone, good luck blocking. ATT has tons of dough to sue this hotel chain, too bad for them
I read Microsoft has joined Google in the lawsuit against Marriott. If Apple jumps in, too, it'll be a real Clash of the Titans.
Putting the FCC between a rock and a hard place. Which corporate interests does it favor? I won't mention the interests of ordinary citizens, because that's been the lowest priority on the FCC's list, if virtually nonexistent, since the Reagan Administration.
It's not as though Marriott is the only hotel chain; there are several others. If Marriott does that, competition may cause them to stop.
I wouldn't mind paying a small amount for WiFi if it were of good quality and password protected.
You can still have free WiFi access that requires a passcode. In fact I prefer it, since it preserves bandwidth from poachers, who aren't entitled to have access by virtue of being a hotel guest or customer at some other kind of establishment.
As for the competition argument, sometimes the competition sees an opportunity for copying their business rivals, for more profit. Look at the airline industry with their "extra charges" for everything in recent years. One started it, now most of them are doing it. If Marriott gets away with WiFi blockage, expect more hotels to start doing it for extra profit.
At least in that class of lodging. And maybe the lower tier of lodging will indeed offer free WiFi to increase their appeal, but many of them are already doing that. It's Marriott's direct competition that will most likely copycat them.