said by sm5w2:
I've asked this question (legal requirements to log IP assignments) before here on dslr (and on usenet - can.internet.highspeed) and have never gotten any coherent answer.
But I'll tell you why TS and Bell and any other ISP does it. It's a very simple concept.
The telco / ISP industry wants as few laws / rules / regs as possible.
Law enforcement and the courts want to know IP assignments from time to time. So you keep logs and you give them the info they want. They are happy.
If you did not keep logs, they would be unhappy - AND THEY WOULD SIMPLY ENACT LAWS TO COMPEL YOU TO KEEP LOGS. Maybe throw in other rules or requirements while they're at it. Then the telco's / ISP's would be unhappy.
It's just that simple.
Now answer me this:
There is no technical or billing reason why a telco would need to keep logs of any local (non-billable) calls you make with your land-line. But - are there any laws on the books that require such logging?
If the answer is no, then the same logic and rational should apply to logging IP assignments.
Thats where TSI small size relative to the incumbents is finally an advantage here because their actions dont matter much compared to what the big 3 are doing as far as setting the agenda for domestic regulations.
So its a win-win for TSI if they lower their logs to lets say a few days :
First they get the extortionists off their back from further court orders since there is no log to hand over. Second they get strong customer support and further their brand even more. then 2 things can happen :
1) the incumbents dont follow suit because they are afraid of legislation/regulations against the whole industry. Government wont make regulations just for TSI. So its a win for TSI.
2) the incumbents follow suit but then will use all their lobbying powers to avoid/tone down any legislation/regulations against the industry. Again a win for TSI.
If TSI stay as is then its a lose for them because they will be perpetual victims (due to their small size and lack of internal legal department) from court orders from the extortionists costing resources that can used somewhere else. And they take a hit on the customer PR side.