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    Is it against the law/Sky's T&Cs to let my neighbour use my internet?

    This is a discussion on Is it against the law/Sky's T&Cs to let my neighbour use my internet? within the Sky Broadband help forums, part of the Sky Broadband help and support category; Originally Posted by JamesRone Out of pure curiousity though - surely they could never prove it even if say, I ...

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      Re: Is it against the law/Sky's T&Cs to let my neighbour use my internet?

      Quote Originally Posted by JamesRone View Post
      Out of pure curiousity though - surely they could never prove it even if say, I was reported?
      Sadly there are some people out there who would take pleasure in messing up what would otherwise be a friendly arrangement.

      Personally if you really want to share your connection with him, then just let him do it for nothing. If I have friend's over, then they are more than welcome to connect to my router. No one is going to penalise me for that.

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      Re: Is it against the law/Sky's T&Cs to let my neighbour use my internet?

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      Sadly there are some people out there who would take pleasure in messing up what would otherwise be a friendly arrangement.

      How could anybody mess it up? What would they do, phone Sky and snitch on them ?

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      Re: Is it against the law/Sky's T&Cs to let my neighbour use my internet?

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      You could disable the security on the WiFi, but this is never recommended.
      My point is, if you disable wireless security anyone can use that connection, making their clause some what silly.
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      Re: Is it against the law/Sky's T&Cs to let my neighbour use my internet?

      I would suggest that the clause was placed there to discourage a pub landlord from offering Sky's WiFi as a free service in their premises, or something like that.

      However accepting a fee for access to a WiFi connection, whether it is paid by money, goods or service, would be regarded as a business transaction.

      If the WiFi key were disabled, then it would be difficult to charge anyone for access to the connection.

      In the home environment there would be little 'profit' in doing this. whereas in example of a pub or café, someone could argue that by having free WiFi you are encouraging customer to frequent your premises.

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      Re: Is it against the law/Sky's T&Cs to let my neighbour use my internet?

      True, but a business user should not be on a residential service, one reason business BB is more expensive! (think Sky TV in pubs too-they pay ££££££).
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      Re: Is it against the law/Sky's T&Cs to let my neighbour use my internet?

      Broadband packages aimed at businesses also have T&Cs beneficial for a business environment, such as level of service guarantees.

      Should my broadband go down, then it is likely that Sky could take a few days to get BTO out. Should your own broadband go down, then I suspect that you would have someone within a few hours.

      If my broadband went down, it wouldn't lose me money, whereas a business is there to make money and would be looking for compensation if the downtime lasted too long.

      These are the main reasons for the extra costs. Covering emergency responses and insuring against downtime costs the suppliers money.

      As for speeds, there isn't going to be a significant difference in most cases. The main difference would come when a large company invests in it's own trunk connection directly with the exchange. These may be able to provide blistering speeds, but most of the general public would not want to spend £1,500 or more per month, let alone afford it.

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