|reply to Vchat20 |
Both these points are spurious, really. When you sign up for service you agree not to reverse engineer or otherwise fiddle with the config of the cable modem, whether it be their modem, or yours.
If you do fiddle with it (and they define the word fiddle, not you), and are caught, you are breaking the terms of the contract. Depending on how the company feels, it may also throw in a theft of service charge to elevate it to a crime rather than just a contractual dispute. I'm sure they could also drag in the DMCA if they wanted extra tools to beat you over the head with.
Either way, they hold all the cards here. In most cases they don't have to play even half of them.