Free Speech Takes A Corporate Punch From AT&T
Free speech and AT&T will have nothing to do with each other, the company recently decided. In fact, AT&T's DSL customers might end up with their accounts suspended if the corporation decided that their messages might harm the company.
October 2, 2007
“Suspension/Termination. [...]AT&T may immediately terminate or suspend all or a portion of your Service, any Member ID, electronic mail address, IP address, Universal Resource Locator or domain name used by you, without notice, for conduct that AT&T believes [...] (c) tends to damage the name or reputation of AT&T, or its parents, affiliates and subsidiaries. Termination or suspension by AT&T of Service also constitutes termination or suspension (as applicable) of your license to use any Software.”
Needless to say, the customers are everything but happy about the new and arbitrary change. Then again, such move must be part of AT&T's credo.
AT&T has yet to comment on the new change its terms of service.
Random thought: Tell me, Mr. Anderson, what good is a phone call if you're unable to speak?