posted on Jul, 9 2009 @ 06:41 PM
Originally posted by badmediaWhat? It doesn't require a Drivers License to get an ISP and I have never had to provide any such things
ever. If what you said were true, then I wouldn't be able to post this message, because I haven't had a Drivers License in about 10 years, and
it's not because I can't get one, I just don't need it.
Thanks to the Patriot Act, a Valid form of Photo Identification is required to receive Internet, Phone or Cellular Service. Either a current,
non-expired Passport, Driver's License, State Identification, or Military ID is required. The bigger boys (the Telcos & Cablecos) actually take that
one step further and require your SSN as well when signing up for service.
Smaller Mom & Pop ISPs may ignore this requirement at their own peril, but the Telcos & Cablecos certainly do not shirk it for any reason. No ID, no
So, unless you got your Broadband Internet Connection prior to 9/11 or you had your cousin Eddie hook you up to your neighbor's unencrypted Wi-Fi
Router, then you had to cough up Identification as per the Patriot Act that connects your not-so-dynamically assigned IP Address and the MAC Address
of your Router that is authorized to generate traffic on it is linked to DMV/StateDept/DoD/Social Security Databases with whomever signed up and payed
for Internet Services (be it your mother or father, your wife, or whoever was present when the Installer came out).
Of course, many Public Libraries have gotten around this as a show of protest by using your Library Card as your requisite Identification to logon to
a public Internet Terminal...and then putting next to no requirements on what it takes to get a Library Card in whatever name you choose (my Library
knows me fondly as "Tom Jones" with a wink and nod in my direction every time they say my name...totally meant to be confused with the singer whom I
look nothing like and can't stand in the least).