Wi-Fi

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, …

Google, Microsoft Oppose Hotel Industry Attempt to Block Wi-Fi

Google, Microsoft Oppose Hotel Industry Attempt to Block Wi-Fi

The hotel industry is petitioning the Federal Communications Commission, asking it to allow them to block the use of personal hotspots on property, a move opposed by several major tech companies and a lobbying group for the U.S. telecommunications industry.
The petition was filed by Marriott International and the American Hospitality & Lodging Association.
Meanwhile, Google, Microsoft, and the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association have come out opposed to the move, which …

Hyatt to Launch Complimentary Wireless Internet at Every Hotel

Hyatt to Launch Complimentary Wireless Internet at Every Hotel

Hyatt Hotels announced it will begin offering guests free Wi-Fi access at all of its properties worldwide in February 2015.
The complimentary Internet will be available in every guestroom and lounge at Hyatt hotels.
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 upgrades to premium Wi-Fi service at select properties.
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Starwood to Give Free Internet Access to SPG Members

Starwood to Give Free Internet Access to SPG Members

Starwood Hotels & Resorts announced that it will give members of its guest loyalty program free Internet access for stays booked through the Starwood website or app.
The free Internet access will be available starting February 1, 2015 to Starwood Preferred Guest program members who book through any one of the company’s corporate and brand websites, mobile sites, and the SPG app.
An increasing number of travelers, roughly eight in ten in …

Holiday Gift to Readers: Executive Road Warrior Web Defender Anti-Malware Browser Plug-In

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Frequent Business Traveler is celebrating the holiday season with the release of Executive Road Warrior Web Defender, a browser plug-in that blocks known malware websites.
Your computer is substantially at risk for malware attacks when traveling and using public Wi-Fi networks.  This free tool will help keep your computer safe from the tens of thousands of websites that could covertly install spyware and malware on it.
The tool will block websites in …