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Hospitality Meets Wi-Fi Hotspot Blocking: A Net Neutrality Threat?

Jasmine Lancaster

Posted by Jasmine Lancaster
Thu, Dec 03, 2015

As Meridian prepares once again to join members and partners of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) for their Annual Tech Conference and Expo, this timely topic is on our minds. In today's constantly connected world, conference planners, attendees and exhibitors alike all must come to terms with how they will stay connected during multi-day functions, such as the tech expo, as well as how much it will cost them. 

At the same time, in the face of the sharing economy and other sources of disruption, the hospitality industry is seeking sources of revenue to help maintain profitability, as any business might. The challenge currently facing the FCC is, where do you draw the line between fair and unfair when it comes to Internet media? 

What is Network Neutrality?

Many of you may want to know, “What is Net Neutrality, exactly?” 

Network Neutrality is most simply defined as an "open internet." Network Neutrality protects free speech. As a result, internet service providers are responsible for providing us with open networks, without blocking any applications that may be outside of those networks. ISP’s are prohibited from discriminating against any content by interfering, delaying, or hindering the transmission of information.

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