Thursday, December 27, 2007

Sharing the Internet in a Community Association

No existing law prevents a community association from sharing an internet connection. Of course, agreements with Internet service providers would have to be reviewed to be sure that their contract language did not conflict with the intended use, but with all of the competition among providers, it would seem that some deal could be struck that would allow the connection to be shared by neighbors. The fact is that it is probably already happening informally. How many people who use a wireless connection for their laptop, for example, find multiple networks available when they log on to their computers? In multi-family projects, many of these signals come from neighbors, and if they are not encrypted, anyone can log on to the Internet on one or more of them...

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