If you do end up getting a new modem, you'll probably have to register it or whatever-you=call-it, or set it up, with your provider. I would guess they'd need to suck the MAC address or you would provide it, otherwise I don't get how they could tell a valid hookup from a poacher ( and perhaps your old/existing MAC address is in a file or cache somewhere ).

Fine! Ethel/Kate/Starmillway