Internet Acceptable Use Policy
Burlington Telecom’s ("BT") Acceptable Use Policy ("AUP") is intended to help enhance the use of the Internet by preventing unacceptable use. All users of BT’s Internet service ("Service")-those who access our Service but do not have accounts ("Visitors"), as well as those who pay a monthly service fee to subscribe to the Service ("Members")-must comply with this AUP. You are responsible for any misuse of the Service, even if the misuse was committed by a friend, family member, or guest with access to your Service account. Therefore, you must take steps to ensure that others do not use your account to gain unauthorized access to the Service by, for example, strictly maintaining the confidentiality of your Service login and password. In all cases, you are solely responsible for the security of any device you choose to connect to the Service, including any data stored or shared on that device.
BT supports the free flow of information and ideas over the Internet and does not actively monitor use of the Service under normal circumstances. Similarly, BT does not exercise editorial control over the content of any Web site, electronic mail transmission, news group, or other material created or accessed over or through the Service, except for certain proprietary websites. However, in BTs effort to promote good citizenship within the Internet community, BT will respond appropriately if it becomes aware of inappropriate use of our Service. Although BT has no obligation to monitor the Service and/or the network, BT reserves the right at any time to monitor bandwidth, usage, transmissions, and content from time to time to operate the Service; to identify violations of the AUP; and/or to protect the network, the Service and BT users.
BT prefers to advise customers of inappropriate behavior and any necessary corrective action. However, if the Service is used in a way that BT, in their sole discretion, believes violates this AUP, BT may take any responsive actions they deem appropriate. These actions include, but are not limited to, suspension or termination of your account, billing you for administrative costs and/or reactivation charges. Neither BT nor its affiliates, or agents will have any liability for any of these responsive actions. These actions are not BT’s exclusive remedies and BT may take any other legal or technical action it deems appropriate.
BT reserves the right to investigate suspected violations of this AUP, including the gathering of information from the user or users involved and the complaining party, if any, and examination of material on BT’s servers and network. You expressly authorize BT to cooperate with (i) law enforcement authorities in the investigation of suspected legal violations, and (ii) and system administrators at other Internet service providers or other network or computing facilities in order to enforce this policy. This cooperation may include BT providing available personally identifiable information about you to law enforcement or system administrators, including, but not limited to, username, subscriber name, and other account information. This AUP should be read in conjunction with our Internet Service Agreement and other policies. You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless BT and its affiliates, suppliers, and agents against all claims and expenses (including reasonable attorney fees) resulting from you engaging in any of the prohibited activities listed in this AUP or resulting from your violation of the AUP or of any other posted BT policy related to the Service. Your indemnification will survive any termination of the Subscriber Agreement.
2. VIOLATIONS OF BURLINGTON TELECOM’S ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
The following constitute violations of this AUP:
a. IILLEGAL USE - Using the Services to transmit any material (by email, uploading, posting, or otherwise) that, intentionally or unintentionally, violates any applicable local, state, national or international law, or any rules or regulations promulgated there under.
b. HARM TO MINORS - Using the Services to harm, or attempt to harm, minors in any way.
c. THREATS - Using the Services to transmit any material (by email, uploading, posting, or otherwise) that threatens or encourages bodily harm or destruction of property.
d. HARRASSMENT - Using the Services to transmit any material (by email, uploading, posting, or otherwise) that harasses another.
e. FRAUDULENT ACTIVITY - Using the Services to make fraudulent offers to sell or buy products, items, or services or to advance any type of financial scam.
f. FORGERY OR IMPERSONATION - Adding, removing or modifying identifying network header information in an effort to deceive or mislead is prohibited. Attempting to impersonate any person by using forged headers or other identifying information is prohibited. The use of anonymous remailers or nicknames does not constitute impersonation. Using deliberately misleading headers in news postings in order to avoid spam email address collectors is allowed.
g. UNSOLICITED COMMERCIAL EMAIL / UNSOLICITED BULK EMAIL - Using the Services to transmit any unsolicited commercial email or unsolicited bulk email. Activities that have the effect of facilitating unsolicited commercial email or unsolicited bulk email whether or not that email is commercial in nature, are prohibited.
h. UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS - Using the Services to access, or to attempt to access, the accounts of others, or to penetrate, or attempt to penetrate, security measures of BTs or another entity's computer software or hardware, electronic communications system, or telecommunications system, whether or not the intrusion results in the corruption or loss of data.
i. COPYRIGHT OR TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT - Using the Services to transmit any material (by email, uploading, posting, or otherwise) that infringes any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, or other proprietary rights of 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.
j. RESELLING SERVICE - Reselling the Services without BT’s authorization.
k. NETWORK DISRUPTIONS AND UNFRIENDLY ACTIVITY - Using the Services for any activity which adversely affects the ability of other people or systems to use BT Services or the Internet. This includes "denial of service" (DoS) attacks against another network host or individual user. Interference with or disruption of other network users, network services or network equipment is prohibited. It is the Member's responsibility to ensure that their network is configured in a secure manner. A Member may not, through action or inaction, allow others to use their network for illegal or inappropriate actions. A Member may not permit their network, through action or inaction, to be configured in such a way that gives a third party the capability to use their network in an illegal or inappropriate manner.
l. NEWS - BT Members should use their best judgment when posting to any news group. Many groups have charters, published guidelines, FAQs, or "community standards" describing what is and is not considered appropriate. Usenet can be a valuable resource if used properly. The continued posting of off-topic articles is prohibited. Commercial advertisements are off-topic in most news groups, especially regional groups not specifically named for such. The presence of such articles in a group is not indicative of the group's "intended" use. Please familiarize yourself with basic Usenet etiquette before posting to a newsgroup.
m. HIGH VOLUME USE - Using a personal account for high volume or commercial use is prohibited. The Services are intended for periodic, active use of email, news groups, file transfers, Internet chat, games, and browsing the World Wide Web. If you require a high volume service, please contact us to purchase commercial service.
3. REVISIONS TO THIS ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
BT reserves the right to revise, amend, or modify this AUP, our Internet Service Agreement and our other policies and Agreements at any time and in any manner. Notice of any revision, amendment, or modification will be posted at www.burlingtontelecom.net.