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    Wireless hot spot

    Just out of curiosity...

    Is it legal to set your DSL or cable connection loose and advertise your driveway as a wireless hot spot for free, in the state of MI?
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    The only issue would be if your ISP's terms of service prohibit you from sharing your service with 3rd parties.

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    I couldn't imagine how giving away your bandwidth for free would constitute an illegal act. One of the marketing points of "broadband" is that you can share the connection. Of course, you can always call your provider and ask.

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    Actually, Lucky, that is rather discouraged from my ISP. You're allowed to share the connection within your house, but not to your neighbors.

    Nevermind the fact that I've throught about buying a booster and selling cheap connections to all my neighbors in my apt building.

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    is it to everyone in your house or on your property? Because if it is legal to provide wireless net throughout your property then anyone on your driveway is considered on your property and therefore allowed to use the net without your ISP's permission, is that right?
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    You can find loopholes as long as you search, but i would guess your ISP would object.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Liger86
    is it to everyone in your house or on your property? Because if it is legal to provide wireless net throughout your property then anyone on your driveway is considered on your property and therefore allowed to use the net without your ISP's permission, is that right?
    Let's think about your comment logically now.

    I'll wait.

    ....................

    Ahh.. there we go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ober
    Actually, Lucky, that is rather discouraged from my ISP.
    The question is "Is it legal?" It might be frowned upon by his ISP, but I can all but guarantee that it is not illegal.

    I think, Liger86, that you should go ahead with whatever you're planning. You will not be cited or thrown in jail. If you don't tell your ISP, you shouldn't have any problems.

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    Ehh... Surely people on your property will be able to use your wireless without problems, but I'd be willing to bet that there is something about commercial use of your line somewhere in your agreement (i.e. selling time/bandwidth, and advertising it).

    Definitely look into your agreement.

    Keep in mind that, even if you find a loop-hole, your ISP will not like this, and they are well within their rights to terminate your service (I'm fairly sure they'd have a clause about that in their agreement).
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    The real question is whether or not is considered your right to gain access to a hotspot because its signal is being leaked into your house. "Its my house and if your signal comes into it, then it becomes my signal too!"

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    > You can find loopholes as long as you search, but i would guess your ISP would object.
    Not to mention they've got the time and money to make a legal example of you. Perhaps through the court system

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