Acceptable Use Policy - General
and Conditions for Dial-up Accounts
Conditions for Dedicated Business Accounts
Acceptable Use Policies
- General Conduct
- Use of Email and News
- US Net Policy
- Abusive Behavior
- Multiple Logins
- UNIX Login Shell
Use Policies for Web Sites
Use Policies for News Groups
Use Policies for Web Hosting
These acceptable use policies concern behavior that is unacceptable
on US Net's service. For most of our subscribers,
these things are common sense and would never be an issue. However,
we do have subscribers from time to time that insist on doing things
that either impose on others, use our resources excessively, act
in an abusive manner to our employees, or circumvent our systems,
software, or procedures. Because of this, we have established
a series of written acceptable use policies that define unacceptable
conduct and its consequences.
All US Net subscribers agree to follow general "netiquette"
when using the Internet this includes sending messages to
news groups and email recipients.
USE OF EMAIL AND NEWS.
US Net subscribers must refrain from advertising in those
areas of the Internet that do not expressly allow advertising. Spam,
MMF scams, chain letters, fraudulent email, warez, hacking, and
other forms of unacceptable conduct is prohibited on US Net's
service. The following definitions are used for this
Any message that is broadcast to a wide audience of Internet
users that is unwelcome or unsolicited. Most spam is
in the form of an advertisement for products or services, but
can also include chain letters, make money fast (MMF) schemes,
and other solicitations. Spam is commonly referred
to as UCE (unsolicited commercial email).
- MMF Scams.
Make money fast scams are a form of mass
email that promise you large financial rewards if you follow their
instructions. Because these letters generally take
the form of a chain letter, MMF scams are generally illegal.
- Chain Letters.
A form of letter that requests you forward
it on to one of more other people. Chain letters are
- Email Fraud.
Altering your email address in such a way
as to conceal your identity. This is commonly employed
with spam to prevent angry recipients from contacting the sender.
Pronounced "wares", warez is the
slang name for illegally copied computer software. This
software is often exchanged over the Internet using FTP sites
and special IRC channels. Trading in warez is illegal.
Hacking is a slang term for attacking someone's computer or network. More
information about hacking is available at http://www.cert.org. Hacking
is illegal under federal law and carries stiff penalties.
Email Spam. Sending unsolicited
mass emailings, which may provoke complaints from its intended recipients,
is prohibited and will result in immediate suspension of the Subscriber's
account. Unsolicited commercial email is illegal because it violates
United States Code Title 47, Chapter 5, Subchapter II, Section 227,
"Restrictions on use of telephone equipment".
News Group Spam. Posting a
single article or substantially similar articles to an excessive
number of newsgroups (i.e., more than 20) or continued posting
of articles which are off-topic (e.g., off-topic according to
the newsgroup charter or the article provokes complaints from the
regular readers of the newsgroup for being off-topic) is prohibited.
Facilitating News or Email Spam.
Engaging in either news spamming or email spamming from a provider
other than US Net and using an account on US Net as
a mail drop for responses, or to draw attention to a web site housed
within US Net's networks is prohibited.
Harassment. Continued harassment
of other individuals on the Internet after being asked to stop by
those individuals is prohibited.
Mail Bombing. Mail bombing
(e.g., sending large volumes of unsolicited e-mail to as a protest
or revenge) is prohibited at US Net. Mail
bombing is illegal and is classified as a "denial-of-service"
attack under US Federal Law. Mail bombing has been used
as a basis for civil suits.
Email Fraud. Impersonating
another user or otherwise falsifying one's user name in email, Internet
news postings, on Internet Relay Chat (IRC), or with any
other Internet service is prohibited. Note that this
does not preclude the use of nicknames in IRC or the use of anonymous
Warez. The use of US
Net systems and accounts for the purpose of exchanging illegally
copied copyrighted software is prohibited.
Privacy. Attempts, whether successful
or not, to gain access to any other system or users' private data
without express consent of the user is prohibited.
IRC Bots. Use of IRC bots
or clonebots on US Net, whether on IRC servers controlled
by US Net or by other parties, is prohibited. An
IRC bot is a program which runs and is connected to an IRC server
24 hours a day, automatically performing a predesignated set of
Interference. Attempts to interfere
with the regular workings of US Net's systems or network
connections, or activities which adversely affect the ability of
other people or systems to use US Net's services or the Internet
Computer Hacking. Any
unauthorized attempt by a user to gain access to any account not
belonging to that user on any computer system is prohibited. Furthermore,
any use of a US Net account as a staging ground to disable
other systems will result in immediate termination of the account. US
Net will cooperate with law enforcement authorities to stop
US NET POLICY.
If we find a subscriber that is involved in an activity that violates
our AUP, violates federal or state law, or is acting abusively to
others on the Internet, it is US Net policy to lock the account
while we research the problem. This lockout will occur
immediately and without warning to the subscriber, and can be activated
whenever anyone notifies us of a serious problem. If
we find there is no basis for the accusation, we will unlock the
account. If there is substantial reason to believe the
subscriber did commit the violation, the account will be terminated.
The Internet is a complex series of networks and computers that
must work together with the public telephone network and your computer
equipment in order for you to be able to access various sites on
the Internet. US Net provides phone support, email
support, and web support to assist you with these difficulties.
With the exception of 128K ISDN customers, logging into the modem
bank multiple times is a violation of our AUP. Subscribers that
are found in violation of this policy the first time will have their
accounts locked and will need to call the business office to have
them unlocked. Subscribers that violate this policy a second time
will have their service terminated. This policy applies to physical
modem connections, and does not apply to multiple logins over telnet.
UNIX LOGIN SHELL.
US Net has made a concious effort to restrict customer activity
on production UNIX servers to a specific subset of Internet-based
utilities. These utilities include programs like FTP,
telnet, elm, pine, trn, tin, ping, passwd, irc, talk, and other
related programs. While it is possible to escape from
the usnsh menu shell, it is a violation of our AUP to do so. To
allow subscribers to run standard UNIX shell scripts, run unattended
programs through cron, start daemons, compile software, and nohup
processes on our production servers would have a detrimental impact
on the stability and reliability of our service, and could potentially
compromise the security of our systems and our subscribers. As
a result, no US Net subscriber will have access to a standard
UNIX shell. Customers that violate this policy will have
their accounts terminated. Subscribers that change their
UNIX shell will be terminated. Subscribers that require
access to standard UNIX shells are encouraged to install FreeBSD
or Linux on their own computers. US Net can help
you with configuring your own UNIX system for Internet access by
calling our technical support line.