ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY

All Butler-Bremer Communications Customers should read this document! Even if you don’t read it, you are still responsible for the policy written here, and your account WILL BE DISABLED WITHOUT WARNING if you violate it.

Butler-Bremer Communications sets forth an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) with the intent of protecting our service, our customers, and other users of the Internet from potentially abusive actions taken by Butler-Bremer Communications customers. The following policy is non-exclusive; any action about which there is doubt should be referred to Butler-Bremer Communications for evaluation. Butler-Bremer Communications may alter this policy from time to time as need dictates.

 

Compliance Required

All customers must comply with this AUP. Butler-Bremer Communications reserves the right to terminate or suspend service immediately or to otherwise disconnect, remove, block, filter or restrict your use of service if Butler-Bremer Communications determines, in its sole discretion, that such use violates this AUP. Butler-Bremer Communications will cooperate with legal authorities and/or third parties in the investigation of any suspected or alleged crime or civil wrong. If Butler-Bremer Communications believes that you have used service for an unlawful or unauthorized purpose, Butler-Bremer Communications may forward the relevant communication and other information, including your identity, to the appropriate authorities for investigation and prosecution. You hereby consent to Butler-Bremer Communications’ forwarding of any such communications and information to these authorities. In addition, Butler-Bremer Communications may provide information in response to law enforcement requests, lawful government requests, subpoenas, and court orders, to protect its rights and property and in the case where failure to disclose the information may lead to imminent harm to you or others.

 

Service Monitoring

Butler-Bremer Communications is under no obligation to monitor a customer’s usage, bandwidth, transmissions and/or content of service. However, Butler-Bremer Communications may monitor the usage, bandwidth, transmissions and content of service periodically to (i) comply with any necessary laws, regulations or other governmental requests or (ii) operate service properly or to protect itself, its network and its customers and subscribers. Butler-Bremer Communications reserves the right to modify, reject or eliminate any information residing on or transmitted to its server that it, in its sole discretion, believes is unacceptable or in violation of this AUP or any other terms and provisions applicable to service.

 

Statement of Responsibility

Each Butler-Bremer Communications Internet account has a username/password that is the key to gain access to the account. The customer who registered the account is solely responsible for all access and actions taken with regard to the account. It is the account owner’s responsibility to safeguard the account username/password and to ensure that Butler-Bremer Communications AUP is honored. Butler-Bremer Communications will hold the account owner responsible for any violations of

the AUP.

Butler-Bremer Communications enforces these policies with respect to Butler-Bremer Communications customers only. We are not responsible for abusive actions which originate from other sites or networks on the Internet.

 

Acceptable Use: Network

Acceptable use of the Butler-Bremer Communications network facilities does NOT include:

  • Attempting to circumvent user authentication or security of any host, network, or account on Butler-Bremer Communications systems or the Internet at large (“cracking”). This includes scanning or probing ports without the consent of the owner of the machine being scanned.
  • Use of Butler-Bremer Communications systems or networks (willfully or negligently) in a manner that encumbers disk space, processors, bandwidth, or other system resources so as to interfere with others’ normal use of services on Butler-Bremer Communications or other systems and networks (“denial of service” attack)
  • Using the Butler-Bremer Communications network facilities in any manner that violates local, state or federal law.

 

Acceptable Use: Shell/Telnet Access

Acceptable use of shell/telnet access does NOT include:

  • Unauthorized access.
  • Running background processes after you have logged out.
  • Compiling and running foreign binaries without express written consent of Butler-Bremer Communications, Inc.
  • Using the shell/telnet access in any manner that violates local, state or federal law.

 

Acceptable Use: Domain Names

Butler-Bremer Communications provides domain name service for customers. Keeping registry information updated and accurate is the responsibility of the domain holder and not Butler-Bremer Communications.

Acceptable use of the Butler-Bremer Communications domain name service does NOT include:

  • Falsifying or omitting valid domain contact information, including the  administrative, technical, zone, and billing contacts.

 

Acceptable Use: Email

Acceptable use of Email does NOT include:

  • Sending unsolicited mass mailings of any nature, including those with a “negative option” for continuation. The negative option is inviting those who do not wish to receive more email to reply to you.
  • Sending a large number of email messages, or singularly large email messages, to a single address in order to flood someone’s mailbox.
  • Forging email headers to obscure the true originator of the message.
  • Creating or participating in pyramid schemes or chain letters.
  • Sending harassing email, either by language, size, or frequency. This includes sending email (or real time) messages to a person who has asked explicitly that you do not.
  • Using email in any manner that violates local, state or federal law, including without limitation using email to transmit any material whose transmission is unlawful under any local, state or federal law applicable to such transmission.

 

Acceptable Use: Usenet

Acceptable use of Butler-Bremer Communications Usenet News service does NOT include:

  • Posting unsolicited messages to a large number of Usenet newsgroups either by cross-posting or posting to individual groups (“spamming”).
  • Attempting to cancel, supersede, or otherwise interfere with Usenet posts other than one’s own.
  • Blatant posting of articles which violate the named charter for specific newsgroups.
  • Publishing someone’s real-world data (such as phone number, address, social security number, etc.) in such a way as to cause the person trouble or to incite others to do so.
  • Forging Usenet header information to obscure the true originator of the message.
  • Using the Butler-Bremer Communications Usenet in any manner that violates local, state or federal law.

 

Acceptable Use: Dial-up Access

Dial-up connections to Butler-Bremer Communications that are idle for 20 minutes or longer, or connected for more than 24 hours continuously, will be disconnected. Idle time is defined as a period during which no input or output is sent or received across the modem connection.

Multiple simultaneous logins to a single Butler-Bremer Communications dial-up account are prohibited.

While our service is unlimited, it is not a dedicated modem connection. Use of Butler-Bremer Communications dial-up service as a dedicated modem connection through use of re-dialers and idle-time traffic generators is prohibited.

Dial-up accounts with only 1-800 number access are considered abandoned if unaccessed for three consecutive months. Butler- Bremer Communications will remove abandoned accounts on the first of the month without notice unless you make special arrangements in advance.

Acceptable use of Butler-Bremer Communications dial-up access does NOT include:

  • Using dial-up access in any manner that violates local, state or federal law.

 

netINS: Acceptable Use Policy:

Butler-Bremer Communications uses netINS as the portal to the Internet, as such all users of Butler-Bremer Communications Internet services are also subject to the netINS Acceptable Use Policy. This policy can be viewed at http://support.netins.net/AUP.shtml

 

Acceptable Use: Web/FTP Sites

Acceptable use of Butler-Bremer Communications web/FTP space does NOT include:

  • Distribution of pornographic or otherwise indecent or offending materials.
  • Using internet service in any manner that violates local, state or federal law, including without limitation using internet service to transmit any material (by e-mail or otherwise) whose transmission is unlawful under any local, state or federal law applicable to such transmission.
  • Using internet service to harm, or attempt to harm, minors in any way.
  • Using internet service to transmit any material (by e-mail or otherwise) that infringes any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, or other proprietary rights of Butler-Bremer Communications or any third party, including, but not limited to, the unauthorized copying of copyrighted material, the digitization and distribution of photographs from magazines, books, or other copyrighted sources, and the unauthorized transmittal of copyrighted software

The examples of unlawful or unauthorized activities listed herein are non-exclusive and are provided solely for guidance to

customers. Butler-Bremer Communications reserves the right to take action on unlawful or unauthorized activities which are not specifically listed in the AUP.

READ CAREFULLY: By signing THE SERVICE AGREEMENT AND/OR USING SERVICE, you acknowledge that you have carefully reviewed and are fully familiar with this Acceptable Use Policy, and you agree to comply with all of the terms, conditions and provisions contained herein.

 

Last updated May 2009. Copyright 2009.