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Re: FCC on wifi at hotel
On Wed, Feb 28, 2007 at 03:28:11PM -0600, Frank Bulk wrote: > > While the hotel cannot prevent you from using Wi-Fi, but they could: > a) restrict you from attaching equipment to their internet connection > (unless you contracted for that and the contract didn't restrict > attachments) or electrical outlets > b) ask you to leave and charge you for trespassing if you didn't > > Its highly unlikely those renting facilities from the hotel would agree to > such onerous restrictions and a hotel renting you the facilities is unlikely > going to boot you out. > > See: > http://www.wifinetnews.com/archives/007102.html > for some good coverage on the Massport incident. IANAL, but I just (re-)read the FCC order on the massport "incident" (ugh, silly massport, i have avoided logan for years now because of them..) and would like to offer my own comments on the above. Assuming you're there staying in a hotel room, it is likely to be considered a nightly lease of some sort, which protects your rights to use a "Part 15" unlicensed band device within your room. This would also extend to your lease of any meeting rooms where you have some level of "exclusive" access to them. (The continental case actually is quite close to a conference where you may have paid attendees). As long as you've contracted power for your devices or the solar/battery array you're using to power the device meets the fire code, it doesn't appear they can restrict your usage of any of these devices, even if it's specifically prohibited in the lease/contract you have signed. In any common spaces (bathrooms, bar?, hallways, etc..) they may be able to prohibit your placement of equipment, but not necessarily the reception of the signal. - Jared -- Jared Mauch | pgp key available via finger from jared@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx clue++; | http://puck.nether.net/~jared/ My statements are only mine.