|reply to Anonymous |
Re: Opt in
They will put something in the non-negotiable "Terms of service" saying that customers agree to it by using the service. Then they will have so-called "consent" to satisfy any law. Only the words change; the reality remains the same.
The only way an ISP can get away with this is by lack of competition in the local market - no other comparable broadband, or at most one other choice in the area (cable and telco).
Whenever someone says it should be left for the free market to resolve an issue to do with internet in USA, remember that when customers have to accept something they hate in order to get broadband internet, the market has already failed. The root of the problem is that the service providers own the "last mile" connections to the customers. Whenever such a "natural monopoly" is allowed to be in private hands, it must be heavily regulated for protection of the public.