THE VAST BROADBAND ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
This policy covers the use of internet related services provided by Vast Broadband
Acceptable Use Policy
This policy, Vast Broadband’s Acceptable Use Policy (AUP), governs the use of internet-related services provided by Vast Broadband. All contractual terms and tariff terms also apply.
In this AUP, "Service(s)" refers to any internet-related service you are receiving from Vast Broadband or its affiliates including but not limited to dial-up, Wireless, High Speed Internet Access, Dedicated Internet access, Managed Service, web hosting, data center hosting, Enterprise hosting, or Unified Messaging. By using any such Vast Broadband Service you agree to abide by and be bound by the terms and conditions of this AUP. This AUP may be revised by Vast Broadband at any time by posting on the Vast Broadband website. Your use of the Vast Broadband Service after posting of an updated version of this AUP shall constitute your acceptance of all such revisions.
II. VIOLATION OF THIS ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
Your violation of this AUP may result in Vast Broadband taking actions ranging from a warning to suspension of your privileges or termination of your services. Vast Broadband may, but is under no obligation to, provide you with advance notice of an AUP violation, via Email or otherwise, and request that such violation be immediately corrected prior to taking action. Vast Broadband reserves the right to act immediately and without notice to suspend or terminate services in response to a court order or other legal requirement that certain conduct be stopped. Vast Broadband may also suspend or terminate services if it determines, in its sole discretion, that your conduct may:
- Expose Vast Broadband to sanctions, prosecution or civil action
- Cause harm to or interfere with the integrity or normal operations of Vast Broadband’s networks or facilities
- Interfere with another person’s use of Vast Broadband’s services or the Internet
- Damage or disparage the reputation of Vast Broadband or its services
- Otherwise present a risk of harm to Vast Broadband or Vast Broadband’s customers or their employees, officers, directors, agents, etc.
Vast Broadband (a) may refer potential violations of laws to the proper authorities, (b) may cooperate in the investigation of any suspected criminal or civil wrong, and (c) will cooperate with authorities when required to do so by law, subpoena, or when the public safety is at risk. Vast Broadband assumes no obligation to inform you that your information has been provided to law enforcement authorities and, in some cases, may be prohibited by law from providing such notice. Vast Broadband shall not be liable for any damages of any nature suffered by you or any other customer, user, or third party resulting in whole or in part from Vast Broadband’s exercise of its rights under this AUP.
III. PROHIBITED USES AND ACTIVITIES
General Use Policy
You are responsible for complying with the AUP. You are also responsible for all activity that occurs under your account, including the actions of others who may be using the Services under your account. You must respond in a timely manner to complaints concerning misuse of the Services provided to you by Vast Broadband. If Vast Broadband is alerted to or otherwise becomes aware of violations or potential violations of this AUP, Vast Broadband will take whatever measures it deems necessary and appropriate to stop or prevent those violations.
Abuse of Email/Spamming
Mass Emailing and "mail-bombing" (sending mass Email or deliberately sending very large attachments to one recipient) are prohibited. Business-class accounts may have different volume limitations and usage will be judged by the type of account and use. Forging Email headers (transmission information) is prohibited. Using another person’s computer, without authorization, to send multiple Email messages or to retransmit Email messages for the purpose of misleading recipients as to the origin of the email is prohibited. Use of Email to harass or intimidate other users is prohibited.
Violation of the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003, or of any state or federal law regulating Email, is a violation of this AUP and Vast Broadband reserves the right to seek damages and other available relief from You and/or any third parties — as applicable. For purposes of this AUP, the existence and scope of such violations are determined by Vast Broadband in its sole discretion.
No Resale/Sharing of Services
You are prohibited from reselling the Service or otherwise making the Service available to third parties (for example, through Wi-Fi or other methods of networking), in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, unless expressly permitted by your Business Services Agreement;
You agree that you will not make the Service available to anyone other than your family and household guests, if you have a residential account, or business or your business’ authorized employees, if you have a business account, or unless done with Vast Broadband’s prior written approval in accordance with an applicable Services Agreement.
IV. CUSTOMER CONDUCT
Facilitating a Violation of this AUP
You are prohibited from advertising, transmitting, or otherwise making available any software, program, product, or service that is designed to violate or facilitate a violation of this AUP and/or any law. This includes, but is not limited to, the facilitation of the means to spam, infringe on copyrights and pirate software.
Illegal Activity/Tortious Conduct
Use of the Services to violate any local, state or federal law or regulation, also violates this AUP. Prohibited activities include, but are not limited to:
- Transmitting any defamatory, libelous, fraudulent, deceptive, indecent, offensive or obscene materials;
- Using the Services to deliver spyware, or secretly, deceptively or illegally obtain the personal information of third parties (phishing, etc.);
- Intentionally spreading computer viruses;
- Exporting software or technical information in violation of U.S. export control laws;
- Gaining unauthorized access to private networks;
- Engaging in the transmission of pirated software;
- Unauthorized copying, distribution, or display of copyrighted material;
- Conducting or participating in illegal gambling, soliciting for illegal pyramid schemes through electronic mail, or USENET postings;
- Violating rules, regulations, and policies applicable to any network, server, computer database, web site, or ISP that you access through the Services;
- Threatening, harassing, abusing, or intimidating others;
- Engaging in activity, illegal or not, that Vast Broadband determines in its sole discretion, to be harmful to its subscribers, operations, or networks;
- Making fraudulent offers of products, items or services; or
- Creating or attempting to utilize a domain name that is defamatory, fraudulent, indecent, offensive, deceptive, threatening, abusive, harassing, or which damages the name or reputation of Vast Broadband.
Third Party Rules; Usenet
You may have access through the Services to search engines, subscription Web services, chat areas, bulletin boards, Web pages, USENET, or other services that promulgate rules, guidelines or agreements to govern their use. Failure to adhere to any such rules, guidelines, or agreements shall be a violation of this AUP. Vast Broadband reserves the right not to accept postings from newsgroups where we have actual knowledge or reasonably suspect that the content of the newsgroup violates the AUP.
V. NETWORK MANAGEMENT
Vast Broadband may establish appropriate limitations on bandwidth, data storage, or other aspects of the Service by amending this AUP. Subscribers must comply with all such limitations prescribed by Vast Broadband.
It is your responsibility to ensure the security of your network and the equipment that connects to our Services. You are required to take all necessary steps to secure and manage the use of the Services received from Vast Broadband in such a way to assure that network abuse and/or fraudulent activity is prevented. Violations of system or network security may result in criminal and/or civil liability.
Failing to secure your system against abuse or fraudulent activity is a violation of this AUP. You are responsible for configuring and securing your network and the Services you receive to prevent unauthorized access to your systems and/or the Vast Broadband network. You are also responsible for any fraudulent activity that may occur due to your failure to secure your network and Services. You will be responsible if unknown third parties utilize your Services at any time for the purpose of illegally distributing licensed software, engaging in abusive behavior or engaging in any type of fraudulent, offensive or illegal conduct. You may not, through action or inaction (e.g. failure to secure your network), allow others to use your network for illegal, fraudulent or inappropriate uses, and/or any other disruptive, provoking, or abusive behavior that is in violation of this AUP or the agreement for the Services you have subscribed to.
Responsibility for Content
You are responsible for any content you send or receive through the Service.
If applicable, your password provides access to your individual account. It is your responsibility to keep your password secure. You are responsible for any and all access to or use of the Services through your account. Attempting to obtain or using another user’s account password is prohibited.
Web Hosting and Data Center Hosting Surveillance
Vast Broadband performs routine surveillance of its networks in connection with its web hosting, data center hosting, and related services. Although Vast Broadband will not, as an ordinary practice, proactively monitor your activities for violations of this AUP, there may be instances in which Vast Broadband, through its routine surveillance finds violations of this AUP, and reserves the right to take whatever action it deems appropriate, in its sole discretion.
VI. CONTACT INFORMATION
Contact for Reporting Abuse
Any party seeking to report a violation of this AUP may contact us via Email at:
Contact for Copyright Infringement
Vast Broadband complies with the Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act of 1998. 17 USC § 512 ("Act"). As required by the Act, we have a policy that reserves our right to terminate Services to subscribers who repeatedly infringe copyrights. In the event that we receive a determination that any subscriber or account holder has infringed another’s copyright through the use of our system or network, we reserve the right to terminate Service to that subscriber after receiving notice of any further copyright infringement by that subscriber. Vast Broadband accommodates and does not interfere with standard technical measures to identify and protect copyrighted works, subject to the limitations of the Act.
Notices and counter-notices related to claimed copyright infringements should be directed to the following designated agent:
912 S. Main Street, Suite 16
Sikeston, Missouri 63801