There is such a thing as bad press.

Hey, what do you know…

Matt Thomas, a Mediacom subscriber in Baldwin County, Ala., said he first saw an ad a week ago, on Apple.com. At first, he thought his computer might have been infected with some virus-like software that inserts ads. Then he realized it was coming from his Internet service provider, the cable company.

“I’m a designer and a creative director for a Web development company, so the idea of an ISP injecting ads onto a Web page is horrifying to me as a designer,” Thomas said. “Especially with something like Apple.com, which never has ads on it. It’s kind of like they’re putting ads on HBO or Showtime, in my eyes.”

Cable company inserts ads as subscribers surf — Peter Svensson, Associated Press