Alliance Communications Network™ Acceptable Use Policy


Alliance Communications may modify this Acceptable Use Policy at any time without notifying its users. For this reason, Alliance users should consult the Alliance’s website, http://www.alliancecable.net, regularly to ensure that their actions are in compliance with the most recent version of the Acceptable Use Policy. In the event of any conflict between this Acceptable Use Policy and the Alliance Terms and Conditions of Use, this Acceptable Use Policy will govern.

You agree that, if any portion of this Policy is held invalid or unenforceable, that portion will be construed consistent with applicable law as nearly as possible, and the remaining portions will remain in full force and effect. Alliance provides a variety of Internet Services (the Services) to residences and businesses (the Customer).

1.0 Introduction
1.1 This Acceptable Use Policy is designed to foster an online environment of mutual respect in which everyone is able to enjoy the benefits of Alliance. We believe that the restrictions set out in this Acceptable Use Policy represents a fair balance between the freedom of the individual and the need for some basic rules to ensure that Alliance Internet access is not used in an abusive or illegal way.
1.2 Alliance users are responsible for ensuring that their accounts are used in accordance with this Acceptable Use Policy. If Alliance has reason to suspect that a user, or anyone using a user’s account, is violating this Policy, then the account in question may be suspended pending an investigation. If, after an investigation, Alliance determines that an account has been used in violation of this Policy, Alliance may, in its discretion, terminate the user account. If you do not agree to abide by this Acceptable Use Policy please notify Alliance Customer Service immediately by emailing csreply@alliancecable.net or calling 800-842-8160.
1.3 Alliance does not actively monitor its user’s use of its services. We rely on our users to govern themselves and to protect the integrity of the network by reporting any violations of this Acceptable Use Policy by emailing csreply@alliancecable.net or calling 800-842-8160
1.4 Alliance Communications Network has the right, but not the obligation, to investigate any violation or alleged violation of this Acceptable Use Policy, including the right to examine any information or material on Alliance’s servers.
1.5 Alliance Communications Network has the right, but not the obligation, to remove any content that it deems, in its sole discretion, to be in violation of any part of this Acceptable Use Policy.
1.6 Alliance Communications Network has the right, but not the obligation, to take any steps it deems necessary to prevent violations of this Acceptable Use Policy from occurring.
1.7 The failure of Alliance Communications Network to enforce this Policy, for whatever reason, shall not be construed as a waiver of any right to do so at any time.

2.0 Illegal Activities
Alliance Communications Network users must not use Alliance to encourage, facilitate or engage in any illegal activities, including, without limitation:
a. defamation: posting or transmitting any material which is defamatory under any applicable law;
b.  fraud: posting or transmitting any information that you know or ought to know is false, and that you intend others to rely on;
c.  unlawful material: posting or disseminating unlawful material
d.  false advertising: posting or transmitting any advertising or promotional materials that contain false, deceptive or misleading statements, claims or representations;
e. copyright violation: posting or transmitting any information, software, photograph, video, graphic, music, sound and other material in violation of another person’s copyright; and
b.  trade-mark violation: posting, transmitting, displaying or using any words or symbols that violate any other person’s rights in its trade-mark or trade-name.

3.0 Electronic Mail
3.1 Alliance Communications Network users must not use Alliance’s e-mail to:
a.  send unsolicited bulk e-mail (so-called “Spam”);
b.  send, or cause to be sent, large volumes of unsolicited e-mail to a single or multiple people or entities (so-called “E-Mail Bombing”);
c.  repeatedly sends e-mail to any person or entity who does not wish to receive it. If a recipient asks to stop receiving e-mail from a Alliance Communications Network user, then that Alliance’s user must not send that person further e-mail; and
d.  subscribe to any e-mail list or service on behalf of a third party without that third party’s consent.
3.2 Alliance Communications Network users must not engage in any of the activities described in paragraph 3.1 from another provider’s e-mail service and use an Alliance’s account as an e-mail return address or “drop” for responses.
3.3 Alliance Communications Network users must not forget, alter or remove any e-mail header. Any e-mail address at the sanbrunocable.com domain is property of Alliance Communications Network and may be terminated or re-assigned without notice.

4.0 Security, Privacy and “Hacking”
The Customer is responsible for any misuse of the Services that originate from their account, even activities committed by any friend, family, co-worker, employee, guest or anyone with access to the account. Customers must ensure that others not gain unauthorized access to the Services.
4.1 Alliance Communications Network users must not:
a.  disrupt or interfere with the normal operation of Alliance Communications Network systems, networks, or activities in any way that adversely affects the ability of other people, or systems to use Alliance’s services or the Internet, including, but not limited to:
i. denial of service attacks;
ii.  flooding of networks;
iii.  attempts to overload a service; and
iv.  attempts to cause system crashes, or attempt to do so; or
b.  use any unauthorized program to connect the user to any Alliance Communications Network Internet Relay Chat (“IRC”) server, including, but not limited to, IRC bots or clonebots;
c.  gain access or attempt to gain access to the private systems or data of Alliance Communications Network, without the prior consent of Alliance Communications Network.
4.2 Alliance Communications Network users must not use their Alliance’s accounts to:
a. circumvent or attempt to circumvent security or authentication systems on any host, network hardware, or user accounts, including, but not limited to, logging into any server, account or network without authorization and electronically probing the security of any system or network; or
b.  disrupts or interfere with the normal operation of any system or network operated by any third party, or attempt to do so.
c.  gain access or attempt to gain access to the private systems or data of Alliance Communications Network, or any third party without the prior consent of Alliance or the third party.

5.0 Usenet Newsgroups
5.1 Alliance Communications Network users must not:
a.  post a single article or substantially similar articles to an excessive number of newsgroups, or cross-post to an excessive number of newsgroups;
b.  post articles on a newsgroup which are off-topic according to the newsgroup charter;
c.  post binary or encoded binary files to newsgroups not specifically designated for that purpose;
d.  post commercial messages on a non-commercial Alliance newsgroup without prior approval from Alliance;
e.  engage in any of (a), (b), (c) or (d) from a provider other than Alliance and use an account on Alliance as an e-mail return address or “drop” for responses, or
f. engage in any of (a), (b), (c) or (d) from a provider other than Alliance the purpose of drawing attention to a service hosted by or on Alliance’s network. Alliance Communications Network reserves the right to discontinue access to any Usenet newsgroup at any time and for any reason.

6.0 Censorship and Adult Materials
Alliance Communications Network believes in freedom of expression and the right of individuals to decide for themselves what they want to see and listen to. We do not believe it is the place of an ISP to censor or regulate the Internet. However, users must not use Alliance Communications Network to transmit or post any information or image that is criminally obscene or otherwise prohibited under any applicable law. Alliance Communications Network assumes NO responsibility for Internet content available through the Services. Customers are responsible for restricting access to sexually explicit material on the Internet, by purchasing the appropriate filtering software, or by monitoring Internet use. Content questions or complaints should be addressed to the content provider.

7.0 Miscellaneous
7.1 False Pretences. Users must not use Alliance Communications Network to impersonate any person or use a fictitious user name with any of Alliance’s services, including in any e-mail, Usenet posting, or Internet Relay Chat (“IRC”) site. This restriction does not preclude the use of nicknames in IRC, the use of anonymous re-mailer services, or postings to any site that permits pseudonyms.
7.2 Unsolicited Advertising. Users must not use Alliance Communications Network to post or transmit any unsolicited advertising, promotional materials or other forms of solicitation to any person except in those areas and on those websites that are designated for such a purpose.
7.3 Harassment, Threats and Abuse. Users must not use Alliance Communications Network to harass, threaten, or abuse any person or group of people by any means.
7.4 Crude or Offensive Postings. Users must not use Alliance Communications Network to post offensive or crude messages or images on publicly accessible pages or sites, except where such messages or images are appropriate having regard to the nature of the site. Alliance has the right, but not the obligation, to remove messages or images that Alliance Communications Network, in its sole discretion, determines are offensive.
7.5 Multiple accesses. Users must not maintain more than one simultaneous connection to Alliance Communications Network or any Alliance Communications Network service, IRC Chat group, or newsgroup.
7.6 Disruptive Conduct. Users must not use Alliance Communications Network to disrupt the normal flow of online dialogue, or otherwise act in a manner that negatively affects other users, individuals or entities.

8.0 Bandwidth/Network Traffic and Other Limitations
8.1 You must comply with the current bandwidth/network traffic, data storage and other limitations on the Services. Users must ensure that their activity does not improperly restrict, inhibit or degrade any other customer’s use of the Services, nor represent (in the sole judgment of Alliance Communications Network ) an unusually large burden on the network itself. The guidelines for Bandwidth/Network Traffic Usage/month:
Residential-3 Meg of service 40 GB
Plus-5 MEG of service 60 GB
Super-8 MEG of service 100 GB
For upload and download combined.  Users exceeding the Bandwidth/Network Traffic amounts specified for their Service Package may be subject to service discontinuation or addition costs ($1.00 per GB over the allotted amount for each level of service).
In addition, users must ensure that their activity does not improperly restrict, disrupt, inhibit, degrade or impede Alliance’s ability to deliver the Services and monitor the Services, backbone, network nodes, and/or other network services. Customers may not resell, share, or otherwise distribute the Services or any portion thereof to any third party without the written consent of Alliance Communications Network. For example; you cannot provide Internet access to others through a wireless or dial-up connection, host shell accounts over the Internet, provide email or news service, or send news feed unless express permission is granted by the customer agreement. You may not provide network services to others via the Alliance Communications Network.

9.0 Updates
9.1 This Acceptable Use Policy is subject to change without notice. The current version of the Acceptable Use Policy is always available at http://www.alliancecable.net

10.0 Questions and Complaints
10.1 Please direct any questions you may have regarding this Acceptable Use policy and complaints regarding violations of this Policy by other Alliance Communications Network users by e-mailing csreply@alliancecable.net, calling or mailing to:

Alliance Communications Network
290 South Broadview
PO Box 960
Greenbrier, AR 72058
Phone:  800-842-8160

Website:  http://www.alliancecable.net