CNET también está disponible en español. Don't show this again. The problem is that one paying subscriber can set up a local network that allows several other people to access the Net, for fun or for profit. Hot spots have been set up by everyone from individuals just looking for a way to work in another part of their homes to businesses, cafes, hotels, airports and conference centers that cater to their tech-savvy customers. Some city governments have even stepped in, setting up networks in business parks or public gathering spots.
The carriers have largely ignored the phenomenon, and the recent warning letters represent the first time the cable providers have taken action to punish people who set up the networks, Only one major company offering high-speed Internet access--Covad Communications--has a policy that addresses Wi-Fi, and it permits access from nonpaying customers without any extra fees, For now, Time Warner Cable and AT&T Broadband appear to be targeting people whose locations are advertised by grassroots groups like NYCwireless and San Francisco's Bay Area Wireless Users Group, which identify and share information iphone 7 plus iridescent naked tough case online about hot spots..
"They waived a banner in our faces and said, 'Look what we're doing!'" said Suzanne Giuliani, a spokeswoman for Time Warner Cable of New York City. The company wasn't actively looking for violators, she said, but only reacted when someone pointed out the NYCwireless Web site to them. For now, the crackdown is a "one-time effort," Giuliani said, but the company hasn't ruled out doing it again depending on the situation. The company's letter tells customers that they've been identified as sharing bandwidth and says they have a certain number of days to respond or their service will be cut off. The letter isn't likely to be a surprise, because most people submit their information voluntarily to these lists. But it is possible that some locations are listed without the paying customers knowing because there are "sniffers" that can locate and identify access points.
The free wireless network groups behind the Web sites are angry their customers are being targeted--but acknowledge that hot spots likely violate rules against redistributing bandwidth, And while some people set up hot spots with the intention to share their Internet access, there are plenty iphone 7 plus iridescent naked tough case of people who simply set them up for their own use and can't control the fact that the access "bleeds" for about 300 feet, allowing others to piggyback on the service without the account holder even knowing..
"It's very shortsighted that they are developing such a hostile relationship with early adopters of their own technology," said Anthony Townsend, a spokesman for NYCwireless. Giuliani said the company considers it not just theft, but a drain on the existing resources for other subscribers. There is also possible criminal culpability that comes from opening up a network for anyone to use without paying. "Individuals utilizing (their subscription) in this manner to carry out criminal activity would be able to do so in an anonymous manner," the Time Warner Cable letter warns. "In such circumstances, when law enforcement is attempted to trace such activity, the trail would end with your account.".