Wi-Fi

Amtrak Rolls Out Free Wi-Fi on More Routes

Amtrak Rolls Out Free Wi-Fi on More Routes

Amtrak announced it is expanding its free cellular-based Wi-Fi service, AmtrakConnect, to several eastern long-distance trains. The railroad service also said that it is beginning a new multi-year program to overhaul its current Wi-Fi offerings.
Eastern trains that AmtrakConnect is now available on include the Cardinal, which offers New York-Washington, D.C.-Cincinnati-Indianapolis-Chicago service; Crescent, which serves a New York-Atlanta-New Orleans route; Lake Shore limited, which connects New York/Boston-Albany-Chicago; and Silver Service, which runs on …

Boingo to Offer Free Wi-Fi at 7 U.S. Airports

Boingo to Offer Free Wi-Fi at 7 U.S. Airports

Boingo Wireless announced the launch of free Wi-Fi at multiple airports across the United States.
The Internet provider offers complimentary speeds of up to 20 Mbps, while travelers can choose to pay for higher speeds of between 20 Mbps and 50 Mbps.
Travelers who are already subscribe to the Boingo service will automatically receive the highest tier of Internet speed when they log in at their respective airport.
Boingo’s free Wi-Fi service is …

Hyatt to Offer Complimentary Wireless Internet at Every Hotel

Hyatt to Offer Complimentary Wireless Internet at Every Hotel

Hyatt Hotels announced it will be offering guests free Wi-Fi access at all of its properties worldwide starting February 14.
The complimentary Internet will be available in every guestroom, restaurant, and lounge at Hyatt hotels, although not in meeting and event spaces.
Guests will be able to access the Internet on an unlimited number of laptops and mobile devices.
The company will also offer Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond and Platinum tier members complimentary …

FCC Warns Hotels Not to Block Wi-Fi Hotspots

FCC Warns Hotels Not to Block Wi-Fi Hotspots

The Federal Communications Commission cautioned hotels and other commercial establishments on Tuesday about blocking signals from Wi-Fi hotspots being used by guests and others visiting a property.
The agency issued a public enforcement advisory, in which it warned that “Willful or malicious interference with Wi-Fi hot spots is illegal,” noting that “networks, or ‘hot spots,’ are an important way that consumers connect to the Internet.”  Protecting consumers from this kind of …

Marriott Testing Support for Guest’s Individual Netflix, Hulu, Pandora Accounts on In-Room TVs

Marriott Testing Support for Guest’s Individual Netflix, Hulu, Pandora Accounts on In-Room TVs

Marriott International, which only last week reversed its stance and said it will no longer seek to block guests from using their personal Wi-Fi devices at its hotels, is testing a program that would support the use of personal Netflix, Hulu, and Pandora accounts on guestroom television sets.
The hotelier is conducting a pilot program at eight hotels in the United States.  Guests will be able to log into an individual …

Marriott Backpedals and Won’t Block Personal Hotspots

Marriott Backpedals and Won’t Block Personal Hotspots

Marriott International reversed its stance and said it will no longer seek to block guests from using their personal Wi-Fi devices at its hotels.
In a statement on its website, the hotelier said it “listens to its customers, and we will not block guests from using their personal Wi-Fi devices at any of our managed hotels.”
In October, Marriott was fined $600,000 by the FCC for blocking rival Wi-Fi networks at a …

Lobby Bar – December 26: Waterslides to Nowhere, Close Encounters on the Tarmac, and Don’t Go Against the Family

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The Lobby Bar – A Boundary-Pushing Summary of FBT News and Views
Love me do.  Visit the City of Brotherly Love, otherwise known as Philadelphia, and Robert Waldner will give you an American history lesson.  Or, if you’re in a less loving mood, head to Pyongyang, North Korea, where Seth Rogen and James Franco will be your tour guides.
New modes of transportation.  Jesse Sokolow checks into the Ritz-Carlton Westchester in White Plains, …