TDS Acceptable Use Policy
Acceptable Use Policy
This section of your User agreement details some of the basic rules of participation in
the Internet community and constitutes part of our terms of Service. By your use of the
Service, you agree to be bound by the terms of this Acceptable Use Policy. TDS Internet
Service (TDS) reserves the sole and unconditional right to refuse, suspend or terminate
Service to anyone who violates these rules as determined by TDS, in its sole discretion.
1. Illegal Use – You agree not to use the Service for or in
the pursuit of illegal purposes. TDS cooperates with local and federal authorities in
investigations into illegal Internet use, and will take both criminal and civil legal
action against Users who are determined to be using the Service in an unlawful way. You
agree not to directly or indirectly allow a third party to use the Service in an illegal
or unsuitable manner.
2. Harassment – You agree not to use the Service for harassment,
threats, verbal abuse, and persistent unwanted contact of any kind. Harassment covers any
use of the Service to directly or indirectly contact any other user (including users of another Internet service) in an unwanted fashion. Harassment can be active, in forms such as unwanted email, chat messages, or verbal declarations on a public forum, or can be passive in the form of defamatory information posted on web sites.
3. Disruption/Hacking – You agree not to make any attempt to disrupt or attack the systems or Services provided by TDS or any third party. This includes any deliberate attempt to interfere with another user's ability to take advantage of services offered online. This also includes any effort to secure access to hardware and services without the consent of the provider for those services. Hackers will be subject to the full extent of criminal law, and TDS reserves the right to seek damages or legal recourse against Users who abuse, attack, or hack their systems, servers, or Services.
4. Fraud/False Advertising – You agree not to post or
transmit fraudulent information on or through the Service. This can include false
advertising, identity theft, or misrepresentation of any kind including phishing, forged
email headers or fictitious email addresses.
5. Unsolicited Advertising/Spamming – You agree not to
post or transmit any unsolicited material through any active medium such as email, chat,
messaging, chain letters, advertisements, jokes, etc. TDS does not tolerate unsolicited
mass emailing (Spamming) of any kind, and the use of any of TDS’ Services for this purpose
is strictly prohibited. To assist TDS in preventing Spamming, TDS may limit the number of
recipients allowed per email and/or limit the number of emails You can send over a short
period of time. Content falling in this category is defined by the receiving user’s desire
to be contacted in the specified manner, so use good judgment if you are sending to mailing
lists. You further agree not to collect or harvest account information without the expressed
consent of those from whom you collect the information.
6. Disruptive Content – You agree not to post or transmit
any disruptive content. Certain kinds of content broadcast or displayed on the Internet can
generate a great deal of disruption and reaction from the Internet community as a whole.
This can include, but is not limited to, material that is considered obscene, offensive, or
extremely controversial. While TDS does not actively censor its Users, the reaction this
material can generate can be expensive and time consuming, and as such makes the continued
support of Users generating this kind of content of questionable business value to TDS. You
understand and agree that TDS may suspend or terminate your Service should your usage result
in significant complaint or constitute disruptive content, as determined by TDS in its sole
discretion, from the Internet community at large.
7. Extended Connections and Multiple Logins – For Dialup
services, You agree not to use the Service for extended periods of time or to login to an
account more than one time simultaneously. You also agree not to use this Service in a
standby or inactive mode. Use of programs intended to keep You online while your computer
is unattended is prohibited. This Service is intended for personal, periodic, and active
use of the World Wide Web, email, news groups, games and file transfers; You may stay
connected so long as You are using the Service for this purpose. TDS reserves the right to
terminate the Service at any time if it determines you are using the Service for extended
connections and multiple logins.
8. Use of Servers – Unless you are a TDS Business Customer,
You agree that You will not establish or operate a web server, email server, FTP server,
file server or run any other server applications and/or software providing server-like
functionality in connection with the Service. Interpretation will be at the sole discretion
9. Excessive Bandwidth –[Applies to TDS Telecom customers
only]- Unless you are a TDS Business Customer, You agree that You will not use continued
and sustained excessive bandwidth as defined by the TDS Terms of Service in connection with
Your use of the Service. If TDS determines, in its sole discretion, that You are using a
continuous and sustained excessive amount of bandwidth as defined by the TDS Terms of
Service or You are violating any of the above terms, TDS may take some or all of the
following actions, in its sole discretion: 1) seek a clarification of Your activity patterns;
2)Disconnect Your sessions during periods of such violations; 3) Require you to upgrade to
a higher service; 4) Terminate your Service.
10. Reselling or Reconfiguring the Service- You may not resell
the Service or redistribute or reconfigure the Service to allow others to use the Service
in an illegal, fraudulent or inappropriate manner. Interpretation will be at the sole
discretion of TDS.
11. Excessive Use of TDS Outbound SMTP Mail Servers –
Use of TDS outbound SMTP mail servers is restricted to 150 outbound mail messages per hour.
12. Copyright Infringement – TDS respects the intellectual
property rights of others and expects You to do the same. It is a violation of this
Acceptable Use Policy to use the Service to unlawfully transmit or store copyrighted
material. If TDS has a reasonable belief, in its sole judgment, that You have violated
this Acceptable Use Policy, TDS may take any action it deems appropriate, which may include,
without limitation, notifying You of a suspected violation, suspending your account, or
terminating your account. These actions are in addition to and not instead of any and all
other remedies that we may have against You under the law.
If you believe your work has been copied in any way that constitutes infringement,
please provide our Copyright Agent with the following information:
(a) An electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf
of the owner of the copyright interest;
(b) A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed;
(c) Identification of where the material (including the URL if possible) that
you claim is infringing is located;
(d) Your address, telephone number and email address;
(e) A statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use
is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent or the law; and
(f) A statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information
in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized
to act on the copyright owner’s behalf.
Our Copyright Agent for Notice of claims of copyright infringement is Suzanne Shea. who can be reached as follows.
TDS Telecommunications Corporation
525 Junction Road
Madison, WI 53717
By phone: 608-664-4000
By email: email@example.com
13. Reporting Other Abuse-To report other abuse of this Acceptable
Use Policy (other than copyright infringement)-please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last Revised: 06.25.07