Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Cablevision System Corp.’s Optimum Wi-Fi Hotspots are putting customers’ electronic devices’ security at risk, slowing Internet speeds and increasing electric bills, a Brooklyn man claimed in a federal lawsuit filed last month.Paul Jensen filed the suit July 16 against the Bethpage-based cable company, which he alleged didn’t get his permission before allowing fellow subscribers to log on to the Web when they’re within range of his residential Optimum Smart Router signal, according to court papers. Cablevision called the action “frivolous.”“Cablevision never obtained authorization from its customers to use the customers’ household routers to broadcast additional Wi-Fi hotspots that are available to the public,” the suit claims. “As a result of this unauthorized use, Cablevision is…externalizing its costs for this project onto its customers…compromising the speed of the customers’ Internet access and…subjecting its customers to increased security risks.”Comcast, the nation’s largest cable company, is reportedly facing a similar lawsuit filed by the same attorneys representing Jensen: Joseph Bates of Arkansas-based Carney Bates & Pulliam, PLLC; Gillian Wade of California-based Milstein Adelman, LLP; plus Brian Ku, Louis Mussman and M. Ryan Casey of Florida-based Ku & Mussman, P.A. They are seeking class-action status in both cases.Cablevision, the fifth-largest cable company in the country, suggested that the suit is a jobs program for the legal team in a statement to Courthouse News, which first reported the suit.“Our customers love having access to Optimum WiFi both in and out of the home, and this frivolous lawsuit appears to be the result of plaintiffs’ attorneys looking for something to do,” Cablevision said in the statement. “For more than 40 years, privacy and security have been of paramount importance to Cablevision, and all Optimum Wi-Fi access points provide both convenient and secure wireless broadband connections for our customers.”Aside from allegedly making it easier for hackers to gain access to their customers’ electronic information in violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Jensen’s suit also claims that tests show Cablevison’s Wi-Fi hotspots saddle customers with increased electric bills.“Engineers at Speedify, a technology company offering services to increase customers’ Internet connection speeds, have run tests on routers supplied to residential customers, which broadcast secondary Wi-Fi networks—exactly like those Cablevision supplies to its customers to establish its Optimum Wi-Fi Hotspots,” the suit said. “The test established that such devices do use more electricity than routers that only emit one Wi-Fi network, even if no one ever connects to the second Wi-Fi network, and thus the engineers concluded that companies engaging in such practices externalize millions of dollars in costs onto their unsuspecting customers in order to establish these Wi-Fi networks.”The suit was filed several months after Cabelvision launched Freewheel, a Wi-Fi-only voice, text and data service that offers an alternative to cell service providers—although the only device option currently available is a Moto G smartphone.Cabelvision has until Sept. 18 to file its initial response to the complaint with the court. The case is before Judge Leonard Wexler at Central Islip federal court.
LOS ANGELES — The T-shirts draped over the backs of Staples Center seats Tuesday night, courtesy of the Clippers, were a reflection of how L.A.’s upstart franchise – and in the eyes of many observers, the NBA’s next champion – sees itself.“Driven over given,” they said. Or “We over me,” “Squad over self,” and “Streetlights over spotlights.”It’s gritty and at the same time, subtly slick marketing, based on the “L.A. Our Way” mantra the Clippers introduced last season. Set yourself apart from the legacy franchise, emphasize keeping it real, create a contrast between the other team’s Hollywood image and your own blacktop mentality.One problem Tuesday night: How many of those Clippers T-shirts were tossed aside by Laker fans assuming their seats for the season opener? From the moment the Clippers hype video on the scoreboard was booed – heck, from the moment the guy in the 300 seats yelled “Go Lakers!” during the National Anthem – the pro-Lakers spectators for what was technically their road game just reinforced an underdog mentality that fueled the Clippers’ 48-win season in 2018-19 and could take them much further this season, if the pundits and oddsmakers and, yes, the league’s general managers are correct.Then again, the Clippers fans in the announced crowd of 19,068 made themselves heard as the game, ultimately a 112-102 victory for their team, continued. An example: Just one game in, Kawhi Leonard is already hearing “M-V-P” chants from the faithful.Those championship predictions may be based on this: In adding Leonard and Paul George, the Clippers bolstered their talent level without appreciably messing with their already existing culture.“The way we played last year, and then you went out and targeted two free agents to kind of be the poster child of how we play, I don’t think we could have picked two better people than the two guys we ended up getting,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.“… It’s probably great for the young guys more. I mean, our rookies, they get called upon a lot (by the veterans) when they don’t do right. And from the coach’s standpoint, I love it. I don’t have to do it. It’s nice.” What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory “There are a few guys that can affect a practice with their temperament,” Rivers said. “Surprisingly, J.J. was one of them. When he didn’t practice, our practice was bad. The pace was different. Obviously, KG was one you can name. There’s a group of guys (where) it’s business time.”Rivers also told a story of a pro golfer, whom he declined to name, during Tiger Woods’ heyday who groused about how Woods worked harder than anyone else.“And I was thinking, ‘OK, he’s No. 1 in the world and he works harder than you,’” Rivers said. “Odds are you’re not going to beat him, you know.“LeBron, Kawhi, they all do (carry that work ethic). It’s what they have in them. In Kawhi’s case, he definitely carries this on the practice floor.”But it is early.“It’s game one,” Leonard said. “That’s where we are. It’s hard to say until right about 20-30 games in, and once we get to that point, we’ll pretty much see who we are and we’ll keep building. Like Doc said, we haven’t played too much together in practice and this is our first game, so there’s a lot to grow from, a lot to build from.”Maybe it all will lead to a championship. Maybe it won’t. But the underdog mentality, and the unspoiled culture that goes with it, certainly won’t [email protected]@Jim_Alexander on Twitter It is not a total carbon copy of last year’s roster. Maurice Harkless was acquired from Portland, Rodney McGruder (who didn’t play Tuesday with an ankle sprain) and Patrick Patterson were signed as free agents, and Terance Mann, Mfiondu Kabengele, Derrick Walton and Amir Coffey are the aforementioned rookies.Counting Leonard and George, who will be inactive for a while as he recovers from shoulder surgery, that’s nine new faces on a 17-man unit including the two-way contracts of Coffey and Jonathan Motley. When you add the players who came over at midseason in trades, Landry Shamet, JaMychal Green and Ivica Zubac, that’s 12 of 17.“It’s really different,” Shamet said. “I mean, we have a new team, new players, new (actually remodeled) practice facility. It’s not the same at all. The same culture, the same mindset, same core guys. But you can’t compare this year and last year too much.”Yet the key pieces that are the beating heart of that culture are still around: Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell.And the highest-profile new guy has set a tone in his own way.Kawhi “is a great communicator, a great talker defensively, offensively,” Shamet said. “He’s very open. I think from the outside looking in, everybody views him as a quiet guy who doesn’t talk and doesn’t have any personality or whatever, however people view him.“But he’s a great guy, a really good teammate so far. And I’m glad he’s with us.”It’s a work in progress. Rivers said that Kawhi’s efficiency while on the floor with Williams and Harrell is about 10 percent of what it’s going to be, adding, “It’s going to get way better.”And while different combinations might need time to build familiarity, Beverley said the basics remain the same.“We’re so used to closing out games and fighting for whatever, especially the group that was here last year,” he said. “Of course, with the addition of Kawhi, it made it a lot easier tonight also.”Rivers has coached other guys, like Leonard, who have set a tone on the practice floor while demonstrating a serious approach to their craft. He rattled off some names Tuesday evening: Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and J.J. Redick, a guy you might not immediately think of in that vein.Related Articles Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error