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Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots 474

Posted by Soulskill
from the just-what-you-never-wanted dept.
New submitter green453 writes: 'As a Houston resident with limited home broadband options, I found the following interesting: Dwight Silverman of the Houston Chronicle reports (warning: paywalled) that Comcast plans to turn 50,000 home routers into public Wi-Fi hotspots without their users providing consent. Comcast plans to eventually convert 150,000 home routers into a city-wide WiFi network. A similar post (with no paywall) by the same author on the SeattlePI Tech Blog explains the change. From the post on SeattlePI: "What's interesting about this move is that, by default, the feature is being turned on without its subscribers' prior consent. It's an opt-out system – you have to take action to not participate. Comcast spokesman Michael Bybee said on Monday that notices about the hotspot feature were mailed to customers a few weeks ago, and email notifications will go out after it's turned on. But it's a good bet that this will take many Comcast customers by surprise."' This follows similar efforts in Chicago and the Twin Cities.
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Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

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  • by houghi (78078) on Tuesday June 10, 2014 @02:02PM (#47205331)

    *No, it was just a change in the AUP. That new AUP was on display.
    âoeOn display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them.â
    *Thatâ(TM)s the display department.
    âoeWith a flashlight.â
    *Ah, well, the lights had probably gone.
    âoeSo had the stairs.â
    *But look, you found the notice, didnâ(TM)t you?
    âoeYes,â said Arthur, âoeyes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying âBeware of the Leopard.â

  • by wbr1 (2538558) on Tuesday June 10, 2014 @02:33PM (#47205661)

    Opting out should never be considered a reasonable mechanism for not being in a subscription group unless you have first opted in.

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  • by sinij (911942) on Tuesday June 10, 2014 @02:39PM (#47205717) Journal

    >>> to do identity freud as well.
     
    Lets not anally fixate on this point.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 10, 2014 @02:47PM (#47205779)

    Tell me about your mother's maiden name...

    *puffs cigar*

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 10, 2014 @03:24PM (#47206085)

    Add a step for MAC spoofing, if you really want to go that extra mile.

    I use LINUX you insensitive clod!

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