June 29, 2001

The price you pay for free Net access

Author: JT Smith

MSNBC's Brock N. Meeks opines: "Maybe I saw one too many bogeymen under my
bed as a child. Maybe I watched too many reruns of the
"Outer Limits." Or maybe Juno's user service agreement
really is as heinous as it reads. Juno makes its subscribers
agree to a terms-of-service contract that reads more like
the terms of an unconditional surrender or a prisoner of
war indoctrination manifesto." Meeks is referring, in part, to distributed-computing software that Juno requires users of its free service to install, and that little provision in the agreement that "may require" users to keep their computers turned on 24x7.
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