The things you say online can have devastating consequences, and the Internet can keep them around for a long time. That's why you should always think twice before posting something to your favorite social media sites and elsewhere on the Web.
But one man is being sued by an Internet Service Provider (ISP) because the claims he made about their service may actually be true.
Russell Petrick, a man with 10 year background in computers and Web hosting and nearly terminal with cancer, made claims that Peak Internet, an ISP in Colorado, was lying about their Internet speeds.
So Peak Internet decided to sue Petrick, for an amount to be determined upon trial, for posting "defamatory" messages on Yelp, YouTube, Yahoo!, and other platforms after complaining to the Better Business Bureau, nearly a year after his first complaints.
Petrick claimed that Peak was providing below-average service, especially for the price that he paid. Petrick paid $50 a month for an Internet download speed of 20 mbps, but says that he got nowhere near that speed and usually averaged about 6 mbps.
"The fastest speed I got was 13.6 mbps download and 3.1 mbps upload," Petrick said. "I didn't get anywhere near the 20 mbps mark."
What was so big a deal that this ISP decided to sue a customer with cancer? Apparently, Petrick has proof that it was lying about its Internet speeds.