NATEL ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
Natel sets forth an Acceptable Use Policy (“AUP”) with the intent of protecting our service, our customers, and other users of the Internet from potentially abusive actions taken by Natel customers. The following policy is non-exclusive; any action about which there is doubt should be referred to Natel for evaluation. Natel may alter this policy, which is set forth and periodically updated on the Natel web site at http://natel.net/about/policies, from time to time, as need dictates.
Statement of Responsibility
• Every Natel Internet customer is directly connected to the Natel Internet network, and has been assigned one or more IP addresses to connect devices to the network. Natel customers agree to use only those addresses provided by and specifically authorized by Natel. Customers agree not to use DHCP or similar protocols to automatically use addresses that may not be authorized by Natel.
• Sites directly attached to the Natel backbone are expected to adhere to the Natel Acceptable Use Policies. The individual who signed this Agreement is responsible for educating site users on acceptable use policies. Violations of the AUP by directly attached sites will be referred to the signer of this Agreement for resolution. The signer will be held responsible for any violations of the AUP.
• Natel enforces these policies with respect to Natel customers only. We are not responsible for abusive actions which originate from other sites or networks on the Internet.
Acceptable use of the Natel network facilities does NOT include:
• Any use that generates excessive amounts (as determined by Natel in its sole discretion) of Internet traffic, or to disrupt net user groups or email use by others
• Attempting to circumvent user authentication or security of any host, network, or account on Natel systems or the Internet at large (“cracking”). This includes scanning or probing ports without the consent of the owner of the machine being scanned.
• Use of Natel systems or networks (willfully or negligently) in a manner that encumbers disk space, processors, bandwidth, or other system resources so as to interfere with others’ normal use of services on Natel or other systems and networks (“denial of service” attack).
• Activities which violate local, state, or federal statutes.
Natel provides domain name service for Natel customers. Keeping registry information updated and accurate is the responsibility of the domain holder and not Natel. Acceptable use of the Natel domain name service does NOT Include:
• Falsifying or omitting valid domain contact information, including the administrative, technical, zone, and billing contacts.
• You may not use your account to send unsolicited bulk or commercial messages (“spam”). This includes, but is not limited to, bulk mailing of commercial advertising, informational announcements, charity requests, petitions for signatures, and political or religious tracts. Such messages may only be sent to those who have explicitly requested it.
• You may not use your account to collect responses from unsolicited bulk or commercial e-mail sent from accounts with other providers.
• Forging, altering or removing electronic mail headers is prohibited.
• You may not send numerous copies of the same or substantially similar message, nor may you send very large messages or files to a recipient, with the intent to disrupt a server or account (“mail bombing”).
• You may not forward or otherwise propagate chain letters, whether or not such messages solicit money or other items of value, and whether or not the recipient wishes to receive such mailings.
• Natel accounts may not be used to collect replies to messages sent from another Internet service provider if those messages violate this Acceptable Use Policy or the acceptable use policy of the other service provider.
• If you use the services of another provider to promote a web site hosted by or through Natel, then the provisions of this Acceptable Use Policy shall apply to the methods used to promote such site.
• You may NOT use a Natel account for any purpose which violate local, state, or federal statutes.
Peer to Peer
Natel allows the use of internet peer to peer software for file sharing purposes. Natel highly recommends strict oversight and management of peer to peer software environments due to the propensity to violate copyright law by sharing commercial software or copyright protected material. The sharing of copyright protected software and material is NOT allowed and is in direct violation of federal law and this AUP. Violation of the Peer to Peer policy may result in suspension or termination of service. In addition, any use of Peer to Peer software that generates excessive amounts (as determined by Natel in its sole discretion) of Internet traffic is prohibited.
Natel allows the use of bit torrent protocols on the public network. Natel highly recommends strict oversight and management of Bit Torrent software environments due to the propensity to violate copyright law by sharing commercial software or copyright protected material. The sharing of copyright protected software and material is NOT allowed and is in direct violation of federal law and this AUP. Violation of the Bit Torrent policy may result in suspension or termination of service. In addition, any use of Bit Torrent that generates excessive amounts (as determined by Natel in its sole discretion) of Internet traffic is prohibited.
Acceptable use of Natel Usenet News service does NOT include:
• Posting unsolicited messages to a large number of Usenet newsgroups either by cross-posting or posting to individual groups (“spamming”).
• Attempting to cancel, supersede, or otherwise interfere with Usenet posts other than one’s own.
• Blatant posting of articles which violate the named charter for specific newsgroups.
• Publishing someone’s real-world data (such as phone number, address, social security number, etc.) in such a way as to cause the person trouble or to incite others to do so.
• Forging Usenet header information to obscure the true originator of the message.
• Activities that violate local, state, or federal statutes.
Acceptable use of Natel web/FTP space does NOT include:
• Distribution of pornographic or otherwise indecent or offending materials.
• Distribution of restricted software or materials in violation of copyrights or distribution licenses.
• Distribution of materials which violates local, state, or federal statutes.
Natel reserves the right to restrict or terminate service without refund in the event of an AUP violation. Natel also reserves the right to take action on abuse which is not specifically named in this AUP at the sole discretion of Natel. Use of the Natel systems and network constitutes understanding and agreement of this policy.