As a frustrated conference goer, I was glad to see the FCC issued Enforcement Advisory No. 2015-01 yesterday cracking down on hotels and municipal conference centers blocking wifi hot spots.
Willful or malicious interference with Wi-Fi hot spots is illegal. Wi-Fi blocking violates Section 333 of the Communications Act, as amended. The Enforcement Bureau has seen a disturbing trend in which hotels and other commercial establishments block wireless consumers from using their own personal Wi-Fi hot spots on the commercial establishment’s premises. As a result, the Bureau is protecting consumers by aggressively investigating and acting against such unlawful intentional interference.
While I can think of a scenario or two where this access may compromise their security, I think that is a red herring and this is about the almighty dollar: They just want to force you into using their over-priced and poorly performing wireless network and Internet connection.