Truckstop.net has halted operations, filed suit against Sprint Communications: A press release arrived out of the blue from highway-side Wi-Fi operator Truckstop.net that they had suspended operations due to equipment problems that the company alleges are the responsibility of Sprint Communications. Further, Truckstop.net has filed a suit against Sprint seeking $75,000,000.
Update: TruckingInfo.com reports on Dec. 2 on which of Truckstop.net's locations are still operational.
Full press release follows:
San Antonio, Texas - Operations at Truckstop.net, LLC have been suspended pending litigation.
Scott Moscrip, CEO of Truckstop.net today announced that most current operations have been suspended pending litigation in the U.S. District Court in Idaho.
From August 2003 to June 2004 Sprint Communications engineered and deployed more than 500 Wi-Fi hot spots at Truck Stops and Travel Plazas throughout the United States for Truckstop.net. Thousands of customers signed up and used Truckstop.net from the time the service became available and many reported problems connecting to Truckstop.net hotspots at hundreds of locations while having no problems at other hotspots. Truckstop.net has been working with Sprint over the last 5 months trying to determine the source of the problems. It was determined that the problems were caused by the equipment that Sprint configured and installed and, as such, the Wi-Fi solution currently deployed at each Truckstop.net location would need to be replaced or reconfigured. Sprint has not corrected these problems. As a result, Truckstop.net declared Sprint in breach of contract and on November 15th started litigation in U.S. District Court. Subsequently, Sprint terminated the Internet circuits to the locations effectively halting the service.
"We regret the inconvenience this causes to our customers and problems for our partner locations. At some locations the stops themselves have hooked in an internet circuit that is keeping the service active at their location. We are offering the service at no charge currently at those locations while we explore alternatives for fixing the problems in the equipment." said Allan Meiusi, COO of Truckstop.net. “Many of our customers have been very understanding throughout this last week offering pictures of sites with installation issues and reporting outages at sites, and we thank them for being our eyes in the field.”
Information about the current status of the litigation can be found at: http://www.id.uscourts.gov/wconnect/wc.dll?usdc_racer~get_case_jb~1:4+-CV-561~ON~ALL+DOCUMENTS~PUID=RESTRICTED
Truckstop.net is a Service Provider specializing in wireless Internet connectivity and networking solutions allowing subscribers to increase their access and availability to the Internet using wireless fidelity technologies (Wi-Fi). www.truckstop.net