Launched in January, IPRoyal pays residential internet users in exchange for “sharing” their internet service, something many internet service providers like Sonic Internet [PDF] and Comcast prohibit in their terms of service. And it sells access to that bandwidth to customers seeking proxy services.
Other companies, like PacketStream and Packity, both based in Los Angeles, and Belarus-based Honeygain run similar businesses: proxy networks that let customers rent out unused bandwidth for a fee… More here.
I have many thoughts on this besides the obvious security concerns. It is not a type of service I expect to work long term because the companies that provide the broadband will find a way to block this. If they don’t they won’t have the revenue to provide the telecoms in the long run so it becomes self-defeating.
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