Lordsmack and I talked a bit about the internet access deal. Here's the main reason why NOT to have internet access at the LAN:
When tourneys are starting if you have to drag 10 of your players off the internet or their e-mail it can take an additional 30 - 40 minutes to get everyone ready and setup. For those NOT browsing the internet it can be a very boring wait while the others get ready, so then they'll start browsing while they're waiting for the others to finish...we have a chain reaction going on here which is bad.
I think it should be limited to the admins as it will keep focus on what these guys are paying for: A LAN PARTY
We should have about 3 or 4 systems setup on the internet so we can get out, if needed (even then it's doubtful) for patches and driver updates. I can't imagine Lordsmack has every possible driver for every possible peice of hardware on his system so it should be available if needed. On top of that, having a live shoutcast will keep some interest in our LAN party on the outside, so they'll see just how fun our LANs are and want to come to them. The internet access is nessessary, but not for everyone to get on.
I would have to say that if some people totally demand to be on the internet during the lan party, they should sign a waiver that says they forfeit their prize opportunities. This way if they MUST be on the net, it won't mess up the tourneys.