Internet provider warns users torrenting could lead to ‘thermostat issues’


Downloading movies or TV shows is illegal as we know, normally, the worst thing that happens to someone caught illegally downloading a TV show, say Game of Thrones is a warning of future legal action. That has been the case until a US internet service provider decided to take things further by outlining in specific detail how downloading movies illegally could lead to problems controlling your thermostat in the middle of winter.

The ISP provider — Armstrong Zoom, sent out a letter to subscribers who they suspect have been pirating TV or movies. The letter mentions that users engaging in this activity will have their account suspended, and also added that doing this can also prevent you from heating your home in the middle of winter.

“In accordance with the Terms and Conditions, Armstrong’s copyright infringement policy, and federal law, please be advised that, if Armstrong receives additional notifications of infringement connected with your Zoom Internet Service, Armstrong will remove you from your current internet service level and place you at the lowest service level,” the letter explains.

Please be advised that this may affect other services which you may have connected to your internet service, such as the ability to control your thermostat remotely or video monitoring services.

Putting people on a dial-up internet will prevent smart thermostats or home security systems from working properly, Armstrong knows the consequences, and is still willing to proceed with this action unless you agree to their terms. Although the letter was spotted by TorrentFreak, we have no idea concerning the number of customers this letter might’ve been sent to, or what kind of copyright infringement is in question.

Illegal downloading is obtaining files that you don’t have the right to use from the internet. Digital piracy involves illegally sharing copyrighted media such as games, music, movies, TV shows and software.

thermostat is a component which senses the temperature of a system so that the system’s temperature is maintained near a desired setpoint.

Thermostats are used in any device or system that heats or cools to a set-point temperature, examples include building heating, central heating, air conditioners, HVAC systems, water heaters, as well as kitchen equipment including ovens and refrigerators and medical and scientific incubators. In scientific literature, these devices are often broadly classified as thermostatically controlled loads (TCLs).

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