Just a follow up on my post regarding the businessman who found a wireless connection in Eureka by sitting outside the Best Western in his car. Some jurisdictions appear to think this is a crime. A man in Rockford, Illinois was arrested and fined $250 for using a non-profit organization’s wireless network. From the article:
â€œWe just want to get the word out that it is a crime. We are prosecuting it, and people need to take precautions,â€ Assistant Stateâ€™s Attorney Tom Wartowski said.
What’s not clear from the article is who was the victim of the crime? Was it the non-profit organization? What if it was part of an outreach program? After all, they must have left their network open for a reason since it’s fairly easy to secure. I know lots of people who leave their wireless connection open. It’s a neighborly thing to do. (This doesn’t mean you have to leave your computer or your LAN open as well).
I don’t know the local statutes on using someone’s open wireless network, but wouldn’t it be nice render this all moot with a wireless cloud in downtown Eureka?