A few days ago, I wrote about how I might begin saving $10 on my cable internet service from Comcast. I was approached by a neighbor who noticed my wireless network was available (but protected by password) and offered to pay me a portion of my cable bill if we could access it.
I responded that we should test the connection for a few days to make sure it is stable — his apartment is not immediately adjacent to mine — and then discuss the deal.
Ethical, legal, and contractual issues aside, he wasn’t getting a strong enough signal most of the time. I will not be saving $10 (or $20 if I were to be successful negotiating) on my cable bill this time around. Just to be sure, I changed the password.
Updated February 6, 2012 and originally published March 9, 2006. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.