A Speed Bump: Verizon
Verizon will send warnings to people they suspect of violating copyright violations. After the sixth notification, the ISP will slow down the pirate's Internet speed, effectively making it more difficult to download in the future. While this doesn't put a total stop to the violator's ability to get illegal content, it does make the process a lot less attractive, when suddenly a few minute process takes hours.
A Time Out: Time Warner Cable
After the first two warnings TWC customers will receive an email discussing how to download content legally and how to contact the ISP if the emails were errors, a Time Warner Cable spokesperson told PC Magazine's Chloe Albaneses. If the email is ignored, TWC will redirect that user to a landing page that asks the pirate to agree not to engage in illegal activity before heading to the rest of the Internet. If that doesn't work, after the fourth violation, Time Warner Cable will pull their internet services requiring the customer to call Time Warner Cable and promise to stop violating copyright laws in order to get their service reinstated. It's a little embarrassing to have to make a call and promise to stop breaking the law. But saying something and doing something are very different actions.
AT&T will send out warning notices, until the sixth offense, according to leaked documents from last fall. After that, AT&T will block your Internet and won't lift the ban until the infringer takes a course on IP law, according to CNET. Though, this leaked document from TorrentFreak makes it look like after the fourth or fifth offense a user will be redirected to an "educational tutorial" every time he or she attempts to access a nefarious IP address:
Already got my six episodes of "The Following" on my hard drive, Verizon. What you finna do?