Your World. Delivered. If We Approve.

Let me open by stating that we do have AT&T internet service in this house. I honestly haven’t had that many bad issues with it. But I have HUGE reservations about this new little addendum to their terms of service. Quoted from Section 5 of the aformentioned…

“AT&T may immediately terminate or suspend all or a portion of your Service, any Member ID, electronic mail address, IP address, Universal Resource Locator or domain name used by you, without notice, for conduct that AT&T believes (a) violates the Acceptable Use Policy; (b) constitutes a violation of any law, regulation or tariff (including, without limitation, copyright and intellectual property laws) or a violation of these TOS, or any applicable policies or guidelines, or (c) tends to damage the name or reputation of AT&T, or its parents, affiliates and subsidiaries.”

Note that it says “tends to damage”. Not even “damages”, but “tends to”. Which means they can probably get away with it without any actual proof.

So what we’re forced to agree with in order to get AT&T service is that if we publish any negative criticism online of AT&T (or it’s parents, affiliates, and subsidiaries), they have the full right to cut off our service. Of course they SAY (per Ars Technica) that they’re only interested in eliminating advocacy of violence or material harmful to children (as in child porn), not terminating service just because someone speaks negatively about the company, but the language is there. It’s excessively broad, and they appear to be making no attempts to change it to give customers freedom of speech protection that they deserve.

Oh, what’s that AT&T?

You want me to absolutely trust you not to degrade my connection in any way if we give you a tiered internet and I refuse to pay for your higher level?

Yeah, when you keep pulling off crap like this, that ain’t going to happen. You take the first step maybe by fixing the overly broad language here, and we’ll work from there. Otherwise, you can take your tiered internet and terms of service, shine em up real nice, turn em sideways, and shove em straight up your…well you get the idea.

I won’t be suprised if our service is cut off a day or two after I publish this post. I will be madder than hell, but not suprised.

In other news, tortellini pasta + alfredo sauce + pork sausage = OMG BEST THING EVARZ. Try it. Utterly delightful.

Hmmm…I have someone else whom I wouldn’t mind going off on, but I’m wondering if perhaps we may have a regular segment here for blog entries. Someone whom I can basically tell that they suck every entry. Well I’ll save this other unlucky recipient of my rage for another day and we’ll see how it goes.

Aighty catch ya’ll later

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