As Stated Earlier, It's A Violation Of the ISP 'TOS'..
by Grif Thomas - 3/15/08 12:49 PM
In Reply to: Neighbor's signal by spbigger
Although most Terms of Service allow for multiple connections WITHIN the structure of the home, very few "residential" services allow for connections which are outside of the structure of the residential subscriber.. Therefore, the subscriber is in violation of the terms of service if the neighbor connects.. THERE IS A DIFFERENCE..
As an example, see the Terms of Service statement for my Verizon contract:
4. AUTHORIZED USER, ACCOUNT USE, AND RESPONSIBILITIES.
4.1 You acknowledge that you are eighteen (18) years of age or older and that you have the legal authority to enter into this Agreement. You agree promptly to notify Verizon whenever your personal or billing information changes.
4.2 You are responsible for all use of your Service and account, whether by you or someone using your account with or without your permission, including all secondary or sub-accounts associated with your primary account, and to pay for all activity associated with your account. You agree to comply with all applicable laws, regulations and rules regarding your use of the Service and to only use the Service within the United States (unless otherwise permitted by this Agreement).
4.3 Restrictions on Use. The Service is a consumer grade service and is not designed for or intended to be used for any commercial purpose. You may not resell the Service, use it for high volume purposes, or engage in similar activities that constitute such use (commercial or non-commercial). If you subscribe to a Broadband Service, you may connect multiple computers/devices within a single home to your modem and/or router to access the Service, but only through a single Verizon-issued IP address. You also may not exceed the bandwidth usage limitations that Verizon may establish from time to time for the Service, or use the Service to host any type of server. Violation of this section may result in bandwidth restrictions on your Service or suspension or termination of your Service.
As to whether the "stealer" of service can be found liable of a crime depends on the statutes of each country or state where the violation occurs. This issue has been around for quite a few years. I am aware that in California and Florida, it's a violation.. It's not your's and your taking it..(See one such example at the link below):
Hope this helps.
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