Everywhere Wireless Discusses Illegal Rebroadcasting of Shared Internet Services

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In a world where the Internet is used for everything and bandwidth is increasingly in demand, the illegal redistribution and rebroadcast of shared Internet services is becoming more and more prevalent – and, according to Everywhere Wireless, it’s a lawsuit waiting to happen.

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Not one of them said they authorize the re-distribution over a Wi-Fi hotspot or through a wired connection to an entire community.

Everywhere Wireless, a wholesale Internet service provider and consulting company, reflects on the recent issue of illegally redistributing and rebroadcasting shared Internet services to apartment and condominium communities across the country. According to Everywhere Wireless, regardless of what your account representative or salesman says, owners and property managers are not allowed to rebroadcast a residential or business class Internet connection from any of the major Internet providers – it’s against their terms of service. Comcast, RCN, AT&T, Mediacom, Verizon, Centurylink and nearly all other providers expressly prohibit the rebroadcast of their residential or business, DSL or Cable Internet services, wirelessly or wired, to more than one apartment, hotel or condominium unit – even if the end-user is not charged.

Beginning in the late 2000s, a number of “Wi-Fi companies” started to resell Cable and DSL technologies by aggregating the connections and then rebroadcasting them to entire hotels or apartment or condominium communities. Collin DeMeritt, Director of Business Development for Everywhere Wireless, says, “To our knowledge, not one of these companies has the right to rebroadcast those services. We have seen it time and time again where companies, big and small, are rebroadcasting and reselling cable Internet connections for some of the largest real estate and property management companies. Our recommendation continues to be that if you want to provide bandwidth to your entire community, it not only must be dedicated bandwidth, but you also must secure a service level agreement that specifically allows you to rebroadcast the Internet that you are purchasing. We anticipate case law to continue to evolve in the very near term, as a result of this activity and violation of these terms of service.” DeMeritt went on to say that Everywhere Wireless conducted a study by reaching out to more than 20 of the country’s largest retail Internet service providers - “Not one of them said they authorize the re-distribution over a Wi-Fi hotspot or through a wired connection to an entire community.”

According to DeMeritt, another fundamental issue with redistributing shared Internet is just that – it’s shared. “Residents at one community are pulling from the same source of bandwidth as the rest of the neighborhood, resulting in speed and quality fluctuations daily. Have you ever noticed how at 6:00 pm on a Sunday night your Internet connection slows down?” DeMeritt asks. “That’s because everyone is sitting down and watching Netflix with their family. Streaming video, making Skype calls, logging onto your company VPN; all of these activities require data and with shared bandwidth, that data isn’t always available. Securing dedicated bandwidth is the only way to ensure a 99.9% uptime guarantee and fixed prices.”

DeMeritt says he has seen many examples that showcase this negligence, such as an apartment community in Texas that contracted a Wi-Fi company which then purchased 32 individual, business-class Internet connections from Time Warner to be rebroadcast to all of the residents. He also talked about a high-profile condominium association in downtown Chicago that had taken an AT&T DSL connection and a Comcast business class Internet connection, aggregated the bandwidth and then redistributed it through Ethernet to all homeowners. “Unfortunately, this type of activity is completely against the terms of service.” DeMeritt warns.

Everywhere Wireless, LLC and its affiliate, EW Fiber, specialize in designing, consulting, delivering, installing and managing wholesale, dedicated, fiber optic Internet and other technologies, specifically for multi-family properties across the country.

Contact: Everywhere Wireless can be reached at (866) 923-0982 or online at http://www.EverywhereWireless.com.

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