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Old 12-06-2009, 07:54 PM
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Default Verizon Polices its Customers

If you are a Verizon customer you should be aware that you are likely in violation of their new Acceptable Use Policy and could have your service terminated.

Telecom and ISP Verizon has recently changed their Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) to further restrict their customer's activities online. Under Verizon's AUP it can cancel anyone's service it wants by claiming that they violated the AUP. One of the violations now is to (2.e) "post off-topic information on message boards, chat rooms or social networking sites". Does creating a new topic count? Who decides if something is off topic or on topic?

The company can also suspend service if someone is suspected of violating a third-party's copyright. Violators include virtually every Internet user because the web is full of copyright violations. The entire concept of copyright in the digital age is so poorly defined that the gray areas greatly exceed the black and white areas. So, is reading a copyrighted article on Yahoo News which Yahoo doesn't have permission to publish count as a copyright violation? Who decides what is actually copyrighted and what constitutes a violation?

Since when have Telecoms been given the right to violate their customer's privacy and act as prosecutor, judge and jury and carry out penalties?

The purpose of an Internet Service Provider is to provide Internet service, not police how customers use the Internet and punish them if the use is somehow deemed inappropriate. No one has given Verizon any authority beyond its mandate as a business. It is not the government and is not charged with law enforcement.

Is Verizon now going to start listening to its customer's phone calls and monitoring text messages to ensure that no 'violations' have occurred?

Verizon's actions mirror the general trend in the fascist block of the US, Canada, EU and Australia to exercise greater control over the Internet and ban users who are undesirable to politicians or the criminal corporations that control them. The sinister forces fear the Internet because it can expose them and their hidden agendas. They are busy identifying those who pose a potential threat to their future plans and putting the means into place to simple banish dissenters from the Internet.

If you use Verizon you may want to change to another provider. If there are no good Internet Service Providers in your area you might want to consider opening your own cooperative ISP.

Verizon Polices its Customers

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