AP Examines Just How Ridiculous ISP Contracts Are
from the just-so-you-know dept
We recently learned that customers of Verizon’s FiOS service don’t get to see the full terms of service they’re agreeing to until after it’s been installed. But, of course, no one actually reads those kinds of things, because if you did, you’d probably never agree to it. To help you out, the Associated Press took some time to read through various ISP end user license agreements (EULAs) and discovered that ISPs put a ton of ridiculous stuff in the fine print, which is basically to give them many different options to kick you off if they suddenly decide you’ve become a problem. Or, in some cases, it’s because lawyers want to protect the ISPs from ridiculous lawsuits, which leads them to put in clauses warning customers that the ISP (in this case, Verizon) doesn’t own the internet, so that people know they can’t sue Verizon for something that happens online. Verizon recently removed that clause, apparently realizing that it was a bit extraneous.