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FugacityMan

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Hi. A couple of questions

1) What is the legality (according to US law) of wireless piggybacking, i.e., using someone's wireless connection without prior permission?

2) How would I go about subscribing to a wireless internet plan of my own? I usually connect to the internet with my laptop at wi-fi hot spots at my school, but would like to also be able to connect at home. I am aware of a number of plans that are available, but want to know more about what's out there. My primary qualifications are low cost and reliable connectivity; having a large data quota is unimportant, as any large files that I have to download I can download in school. Both nationwide services and local services (Philly area) are ok.

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Byteman

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Hi, It's easy to find results using a Search Engine, no one here knows all about Internet service available in your area....you'd have to wait for someone from there to come along, and post back to you...might be awhile! You can find answers in just seconds...

http://www.google.com/search?source...D:en&q=Philadelphia+wireless+Internet+service

Look through what is there and see if they do serve exactly where you are (they might ask for zip code or area code to pinpoint yes or no) then give some of them a call.

It also looks like Philly has a citywide wireless setup- you'd be able to connect from wherever it says you can-

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/cyberspace/july-dec05/philadelphia_11-22.html

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/12938623.htm

That link above may be outdated as it is from October 05.
Did they finally pick Earthlink?

They should provide the wireless connection device at your place, and your computer is already set up for wireless, so you should not have any trouble connecting.

Oh, and it is illegal to use that type of connection, without the subscriber's permission, though it's easy I know, since most do not set up the protection for users. I don't mean your school access- I mean a neighbor's....don't get caught!
 
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