Acceptable Use Policy

A)     USA COMPANIES, LLC, AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES (ISP) HAVE ADOPTED THIS ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY, WHICH IS INTENTED TO PROVIDE HIGH QUALITY CUSTOMER SERVICE AND TO ENSURE THE INTEGRITY OF USE OF THE SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE ISP. THIS AGREEMENT IS BETWEEN THE ISP AND YOU, THE (CONSUMER.) ALL USERS OF SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE ISP ARE REQUIRED TO ADHERE TO THIS POLICY. THIS POLICY IS INTENDED TO COVER, BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO E-MAIL, HIGH-SPEED OR DIAL-UP INTERNET SERVICES. USE OF THESE SERVICES INDICATES CONSUMER AGREEMENT TO THE POLICIES SET HEREIN. THE ISP. AT ITS SOLE DISCRETION, RESERVES THE RIGHT TO IMMEDIATELY TERMINATE SERVICES PROVIDED TO THE CONSUMER IF THIS POLICY IS VIOLATED IN PART OR IN WHOLE BY EITHER THE CONSUMER OR OTHERS PARTIES ALLOWED BY THE CONSUMER TO USE THE SERVICES PROVIDE BY THE ISP. FURTHERMORE, THE ISP RESERVES THE RIGHT, AT ITS SOLE DISCRETION, TO REMOVE ANY MATERIAL OR INFORMATION WHICH VIOLATES THIS POLICY FOR ANY REASON, AND WITHOUT NOTICE TO THE CONSUMER..

B)     SERVICE RESTRICTIONS

    1.NO COMMERCIAL USE OR RESELLING
    Services provided by the ISP are designed for normal residential Internet activities, such as web browsing, e-mail, news, chat, etc. The CONSUMER agrees they will not use, nor allow others to use services provided by the ISP to operate any type of commercial enterprise and furthermore will not redistribute services provided by the ISP to any other entity (individual or otherwise) whether for free or for profit. If the CONSUMER wishes to resell services provided by the ISP. they may contact the ISP to determine whether an external agreement can be made to condone such activity.
    b. If CONSUMER wishes to use ISP services for commercial purposes, ISP can provide a package rate in these instances. If CONSUMER is unsure of their status, or would like to change their status, they must contact customer service at billing@usa-companies.net

    2.     NO ILLEGAL OR FRAUDULENT USE
    The CONSUMER agrees not to use the services provided by the ISP to violate any applicable federal, state, local or international laws. Furthermore, the CONSUMER agrees not to use services provided by the ISP to plan to or commit a crime or fraud, or to encourage or help others to commit a crime or fraud, including but not limited to engaging in a pyramid scheme, a ponzi scheme or sending chain letters.

    3.     NO COPYRIGHT OR TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT
    The CONSUMER agrees not to use the services provided by the ISP to send or receive any information that infringes upon the patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, or proprietary rights of any other person or entity. This includes, but is not limited to illegal digitization and/or distribution of music, movies, photographs or other copyrighted materials or software. USA Companies LLC and its subsidiaries are registered under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 and will cooperate with law enforcement agencies concerning investigations regarding copyright or trademark infringement.

    4.     NO THREATS OR HARASSMENT
    The CONSUMER agrees not to use the services provided by the ISP to transmit any material that threatens or encourages bodily harm, destruction of property or which harasses, abuses, defames, or invades the privacy of any other person or entity.
    5.     NO HARM TO MINORS
    The CONSUMER agrees not to use the services provided by the ISP to harm or attempt to harm a minor, including but not limited to using the services to distribute pornographic, obscene, or profane materials.

    6.     NO UNSOLICITED COMMERCIAL/BULK E-MAIL (SPAMMING)
    The CONSUMER agrees not to use the services provided by the ISP to send unsolicited advertising (including but not limited to mass or bulk e-mail), promotional materials or other forms of solicitation (.SPAMMING,.) whether the intent is to solicit or to annoy the recipient. The ISP reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to determine whether such posting or transmission constitutes an annoyance, advertisement, promotional material, or any other form of solicitation.
    7.     NO UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS (CRACKING)
    The CONSUMER agrees not to use the services provided by the ISP to access the accounts of others or to attempt to penetrate security measures of the ISP or of any other entity to computer systems without authorization, or to cause a disruption in service to other on-line users. Furthermore, the CONSUMER agrees not to use tools designed for compromising network security, such as password guessing programs, cracking tools, packet-sniffers, or network probing tools to gain or attempt to gain unauthorized access to the aforementioned systems.
    8.     NO SYSTEM DISRUPTION
    The CONSUMER agrees not to use the services provided by the ISP to disrupt either the network or equipment owned by the ISP or equipment owned by other customers of the ISP. Furthermore, the CONSUMER agrees not to use the services provided by the ISP to disrupt other Internet Service Providers, including but not limited to e-mail bombing or the use of mass-mailing programs.
    9.     NO IMPERSONATION OR FORGERY
    The CONSUMER agrees not to use the services provided by the ISP to impersonate another user, falsify one.s user name, age, or identity in e-mail or in any post or transmission to any newsgroup or mailing list or similar groups or lists. This includes but is not limited to the gathering of personal information on a third party without the consent of the party that could be used to impersonate or commit forgery. Furthermore, the CONSUMER agrees not to forge any message header of any electronic transmission, originating or passing through the network owned by the ISP.
    10.     NO ABUSE OF NEWSGROUPS
    The CONSUMER agrees not to post a similar item to more than three (3) newsgroups or mailing lists. Furthermore, the CONSUMER agrees not to post or transmit any private, third party e-mail to any newsgroup or mailing list without the explicit approval of the sender.
    11.     NO EXCESSIVE USE OF BANDWIDTH
    If the ISP. at its sole discretion, determines the CONSUMER is using an excessive amount of bandwidth, or using the service in a manner that is uncharacteristic of standard residential Internet usage, the ISP may terminate services provided to the CONSUMER at any time without notice, or require the CONSUMER to upgrade service levels and pay additional fees in accordance with our Pricing Schedules to ensure continued availability of the services provided.
    12.     NO .VIRUSES.
    The CONSUMER agrees not to use services provided by the ISP to intentionally transmit computer .viruses., .worms., .Trojan horses. or other harmful software programs and that the CONSUMER will use best efforts to prevent unintentional transmission of such viruses or other harmful software through the Internet or networks provided by the ISP.
C)     REPORTING VIOLATIONS OF THIS ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
    The ISP requests any party who believes a violation of this Acceptable Use Policy has occurred to direct the relevant information to our Technical Support Department via e-mail at the address abuse@usa-companies

D)     REVISIONS TO POLICY
    The ISP reserves the right to revise, amend, or modify this Acceptable Use Policy, the Internet Service Agreement, and other policies and agreements at any time and in any manner. Notice of any revision, amendment, or modification will be posted in accordance with the Internet service.

Acceptable Use Policy, Version 20060112A