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Wireless Internet Access

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit provides wireless Internet access to members of the bar when oral arguments are scheduled.  Access is limited to members of the bar and is available at counsel tables in the courtrooms, in the lobbies outside of each courtroom, in the attorneys’ lounge, and in the Circuit Library.  Members of the bar may obtain access information from the Clerk’s Office (Room 401) or from the Circuit Library (Room 218) in person at the time of checking-in for argument.

Terms of Use

In using the court’s wireless Internet access system, users agree to the following terms.

  • User may not use digital devices to use the wireless Internet access system in the courtrooms except when at counsel tables.
  • User may not use recording and broadcasting devices while in the courthouse, or use the court’s Internet system to record or to broadcast/stream court arguments.
  • Users agree that the court’s wireless Internet access system does not provide a secure connection to the Internet.  Users are responsible for maintaining appropriate security and firewalls settings on their connected devices.
  • Users agree not to tamper with the system configuration or to disrupt or interfere with the operation of the system.
  • Users may not download music, stream video or other content, or any other activity that consumes a large amount of bandwidth.
  • User devices must have a wireless card supporting 802.11a, 802.11b or 802.11g compatible standards.  The network card should be set to use a dynamic IP address (DHCP).
  • Court personnel are prohibited from providing technical support for using the system beyond providing access information and verifying the current operational status of the system.
  • Users agree to comply with all applicable federal and local laws.
  • Users have read and agree to the court’s Internet access disclaimer.

Disclaimer and Limitations of Liability

Users should be aware that there are security, privacy and confidentiality risks inherent in wireless communications and associated technology, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit does not make any assurances or warranties relating to such risks.  No information users consider confidential should be transmitted via this system.  By using the system, user agree to be solely responsible for the content of all information they disseminate.  No technical support of any kind under any circumstances will be provided to any user trying to access the wireless network.

Moreover, by using the court's wireless Internet access system, users agree that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is not liable for any costs or damages, special, incidental or consequential, arising from the use of this service. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is not responsible for any materials, information, products or services on the Internet and does not guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of any communication made over the court's wireless Internet access system. 

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit does not warrant that wireless access to the Internet over the court's system will be uninterrupted, error-free, or free of viruses or other harmful components. Internet access at designated areas is provided only as a courtesy and may experience unanticipated and or unannounced services interruptions.   

The court reserves the right to deny or restrict access to any user who abuses the network, such as by excessive bandwidth consumption or by using the network for any type of activity or purpose deemed by the court to be unlawful, harassing, abusive, criminal or fraudulent.  The court also reserves the right to monitor, intercept and disclose any transmissions over or using our facilities, and to provide user information, or use records, and other related information under certain circumstances (for example, in response to lawful process, orders, subpoenas, or warrants, or to protect the interests of the court) to appropriate authorities. It is court policy to respond to notices of alleged infringement that comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.