My mother used to quote Thumper in Bambi all the time:
“If you can’t say something nice… don’t say nothing at all.”
Then one day, my brother took his new shotgun and went rabbit hunting. He brought back a dead rabbit and swore it was Thumper. I don’t think AT&T heard.
The new language appears in section 5 of the Terms of Service
5. Term & Termination
5.1 Suspension/Termination. Your Service may be suspended or terminated if your payment is past due and such condition continues un-remedied for thirty (30) days. In addition, AT&T may immediately terminate or suspend all or a portion of your Service, any Member ID, electronic mail address, IP address, Universal Resource Locator or domain name used by you, without notice, for conduct that AT&T believes (a) violates the Acceptable Use Policy; (b) constitutes a violation of any law, regulation or tariff (including, without limitation, copyright and intellectual property laws) or a violation of these TOS, or any applicable policies or guidelines, or (c) tends to damage the name or reputation of AT&T, or its parents, affiliates and subsidiaries. Termination or suspension by AT&T of Service also constitutes termination or suspension (as applicable) of your license to use any Software. AT&T may also terminate or suspend your Service if you provide false or inaccurate information that is required for the provision of Service or is necessary to allow AT&T to bill you for Service.
5.2 Deletion of data after Termination or Cancellation. You agree that if your Service is terminated for any reason, AT&T has the right to immediately delete all data, files, and other information stored in or for your account, including email messages, without further notice to you.
Apparently this is nothing new.
The language of the contract reflects synchronization between the AT&T Yahoo! High Speed Internet Terms of Service with the Terms of Service for AT&T’s Worldnet and BellSouth customers. AT&T says that the language is not new, nor is such language unique to AT&T’s contracts. It does appear to be here to stay.
I’m sure glad I don’t have AT&T or I couldn’t say this: