FIOS Users -- You are Warned!

This just in on Slashdot, beware! You are no longer allowed to post off-topic comments on these message boards (Section 2). There’s also verbiage prohibiting name-calling and down-right dirty public attacks against each other (aka flames).

Specific Examples of AUP Violations. The following are examples of conduct which may lead to termination of your Service. Without limiting the general policy in Section 1, it is a violation of the Agreement and this AUP to: … (e) post off-topic information on message boards, chat rooms or social networking sites; …

Finally, a way to keep us on the topic of FIRST robotics. Oh snap! :ahh:

Obviously some lawyer completely blew off the first amendment thus there’s no basis for them to ever shut your connection off due to item (e)…but it’s still comical nonetheless.

Guys, I want a puppy. :wink:

(I’m not on FIOS so I can post an off topic message. This is hilarious though. Thanks, this chuckle made my day.)

Come and get me copper!

(Hmmm, that was actually a double entendre since I use DSL over a copper line… nice ;>)

Where’s the orange juice?

I see this going downhill, but it did remind me of some thing they are doing in Europe where the government will cut off your internet if you are suspected of piracy.

They’ll get me copper but they’ll never get me Lucky Charms!

In an effort to combat the unintended side effect of my joke I will try to spark a little intelligent discussion.

(b) transmit uninvited communications, data or information, or engage in other similar activities, including without limitation, “spamming”, “flaming” or denial of service attacks;
(f) engage in conduct that is defamatory, fraudulent, obscene or deceptive;
(h) engage in any conduct harmful to the Verizon network, the Internet generally or other Internet users;
(j) use the Service to violate any rule, policy or guideline of Verizon;
(l) use the Service in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria or any other E:1 Country as designated by the Department of Commerce.

Are some other interesting snippets.

b) I wonder what would happen if I emailed Verizon saying that one of their customers was sending me unwanted emails (not spam, just I don’t want to talk to them)

f) Does this mean no politicians can have FIOS? What about bloggers? Comedians?

h) So, no YouTube eh?

j) Does this include internal guidelines? It doesn’t really say.

l) Wait, I can’t get FIOS where I live but they have lines in Cuba? And more importantly, what if I am in Iran on business and remote into a machine connected to FIOS, does this violate their rules?

Verizon may, but is not required to, monitor your compliance, or the compliance of other subscribers, with the terms, conditions or policies of this Agreement and AUP

I’m not joking around about this, it scares the CRAP out of me. I don’t even do anything illegal but I don’t like being monitored (or them having the right to monitor me)

In all honesty though, free speech doesn’t come into play. Verizon’s lines are Verizon’s lines, if they want to tell me that I can’t use them to transmit a picture of dinosaur bones because Verizon is anti evolution that is their right.

Do they really have FIOS in North Korea?

Just be glad it is Verizon doing the monitoring and not the government. At least with Verizon you can choose to go to another provider.

I had to look up the word FiOS to see what it means. Do I win?

Where I live, the choices for high speed internet are Comcast and Verizon, and Comcast’s terms of service are not much less Draconian than Verizon’s…

This is why I don’t buy things from Verizon, and why you should always read every EULA and legal document before you click the “I agree” button.

This is why we need Net Neutrality.

Really? Why is that?

The AUP is limiting what Verizon users can push out via their network, not limiting what they user can receive. I thought Net Neutrality was all about limiting the bandwith of certain content.

In section 2, part I, it says

(i) generate excessive amounts of email or other Internet traffic;

In other words, they are limiting the amount of bandwidth you can use for browsing(As well as VOIP and gaming traffic) and email purposes(Which just about accounts for all of the traffic on the internet right now).


Also in section 3 it says that Verizon is free to limit the amount of bandwidth you are allowed to use for Usenet.

Quiet you. We don’t do that kind of stuff here.

I believe you are talking about the new 3 strikes policy that they are putting in place. So, if you are caught and logged downloading copyrighted content 3 times (movies, games, etc) that you haven’t paid for, you have your access cut off.

Seems pretty fair to me. How many chances do you get to rob a store before they arrest you?

The “Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement” proposal is allegedly that you are to be banned from the Internet for life if you are accused of copyright violation three times. I can’t find the actual text of the ACTA – which is apparently by design, as most of the references I found refer to it as a treaty being negotiated in secret.

Yes, that is true. Although the scale of the whole system generally limits their ability to ‘watch’ anything for most customers.

In general, you are not nearly as free or anonymous as you may believe. But also in general, that lack will not affect most people during their lifetime.

No, not at all. It is actually peer-to-peer file transfers that consume the majority of internet traffic. eMail is a somewhat small fraction.

Also note that “excessive” is not defined anywhere, it’s what they say it is whenever they want.

If I want to post off topic comments on message boards who is Verizon to act like the censorship gatekeeper to prevent me?

Know who else acts like a gatekeeper, censoring what their citizens see and do on the Internet? China. Iran. North Korea. Cuba.

I don’t want to see the United States go down that path. The Internet should be just like speech or print: so long as you aren’t found guilty of infringement on the rights of others in court, you can do whatever you want. Off topic comments don’t infringe on anyone’s rights, and if I really want to post about how the traffic cones ate pierogies while singing Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious in the chocolate rain because Desmond forgot to push the #iranelection button, then that’s my right.

The real push behind the anti-net neutrality is that ISPs want to charge consumers more to access the same Internet. They want to make the Internet like Cable TV, where they can arbitrarily brand certain websites as “premium content” and charge you extra to access them. Yahoo might be free, but Google? That’s an extra $5 a month. Like iTunes more than Amazon? That’s too bad, because we signed a behind the $cenes deal with Amazon and that means we have to charge extra for you to access iTunes. Want to access websites of non-profit organizations? Sorry, we’ll make them load really slow because they don’t give us financial kickbacks.

This may make sense with Cable TV, where starting a television station takes millions of dollars, but the Internet is much more intrinsically democratic. All it takes is a $5 domain name, internet connection, and a computer, and you can post whatever you want on a website for all the world to read (although you may have a melted lump of plastic if they all want to read it at the same time!). Any attempt at scuttling net neutrality, thereby opening up behind-the-scenes deals between ISPs and and the content providers for financial kickbacks will only hurt the little guys, the small businesses, the non-profit organizations, and anyone without the $$$ to be considered “premium”.

There used to be this thing called segregation. If a business decided they were racist and didn’t want to serve “colored” people at a “white” seating area in a restaurant, or that “colored” people had to give up their seats on a bus or streetcar for white people, they were allowed to do so under Plessy v. Ferguson. Then the Civil Rights movement made this rightfully illegal.

How exactly is a company deciding that ‘not allowing pictures of dinosaur bones’ is okay because they’re anti-evolution any different than a company deciding that not allowing “colored” people to sit in the front of the bus is okay because they’re racist? Discrimination is discrimination.


They must; I finally got it on my street and my street is always the last place everyone gets to, so North Korea must have FiOS.

I can’t believe I’m the first to quote Ernestine (Lily Tomlin):

“We don’t care.
We don’t have to.
We’re the phone company.”

And to conclude my trivia about our Telephone Overlords, I present “The President’s Analyst”, a 1960’s satirical comedy spy spoof film starring James Coburn in the title role, who gets chased for the presidential secrets he has – not by the bad guys or the good guys, but by The Phone Company.

This is going to be one of those things that will take years to shake out how The Real World deals with new technology, and how the powers-that-are resist change. Technology exploded when the AT&T breakup occured, but unfortunately it ended up with incompatable parallel equipment and “you can only use our wires by our rules”.

All I could find was that they like to spell it “FiOS” and its a Gaelic word meaning knowledge. Fiber Optic Service? Fiber OpticS? Flannelcakes is an Obvious Standard?