The Burton Internet Society may modify this "Acceptable Use Policy" at any time without notifying its users. For that reason Burton Internet users should review the Burton Internet Society website (www.burtoncity.ca/policy.php) 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 Burton Internet Society's Terms and Conditions of Use, this "Acceptable Use Policy" will govern.
The Burton Internet Society provides a variety of Internet Services (the Services) to residences and businesses (the Customer) in the Burton area.
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 Burton Internet Society. We believe that the restrictions set out in this Acceptable Use Policy represent a fair balance between the freedom of the individual and the need for some basic rules to ensure that Burton Internet Society’s Internet access is not used in an abusive or illegal way.
1.2 Burton Internet Society users are responsible for ensuring that their accounts are used in accordance with this Acceptable Use Policy. If the Burton Internet Society 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, Burton Internet Society determines that an account has been used in violation of this Policy, the Burton Internet Society may, in its discretion, terminate the user account.
If you do not agree to abide by this Acceptable Use Policy please notify the Burton Internet Society Customer Service immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1.3 Burton Internet Society does not actively monitor the specific 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 to email@example.com.
1.4 Burton Internet Society 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 Burton Internet Society's servers.
1.5 Burton Internet Society 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 Burton Internet Society 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 Burton Internet Society 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
Burton Internet users must not use the Burton Internet Society to encourage, facilitate or engage in any illegal activities, including, without limitation:
- defamation: posting or transmitting any material which is defamatory under any applicable law;
- fraud: posting or transmitting any information that you know or ought to know is false, and that you intend others to rely on;
- unlawful material: posting or disseminating unlawful material
- false advertising: posting or transmitting any advertising or promotional materials that contain false, deceptive or misleading statements, claims or representations;
- copyright violation: posting or transmitting any information, software, photograph, video, graphic, music, sound and other material in violation of another person’s copyright; and
- 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 Burton Internet users must not use the Burton Internet Society e-mail to:
- send unsolicited bulk e-mail (so-called "Spam");
- 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");
- repeatedly send 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 Burton Internet Society user, then that Burton Internet Society user must not send that person further e-mail; and
- subscribe to any e-mail list or service on behalf of a third party without that third party’s consent.
3.2 Burton Internet users must not engage in any of the activities described in paragraph 3.1 from another provider’s e-mail service and use a Burton Internet Society account as an e-mail return address or "drop" for responses.
3.3 Burton Internet Society users must not forge, alter or remove any e-mail header.
Any e-mail address at the burtoncity.ca domain is property of Burton Internet Society 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 Burton Internet Society users must not:
- disrupt or interfere with the normal operation of Burton Internet Society systems, networks, or activities in any way that adversely affects the ability of other people or systems to use Burton Internet Society services or the Internet, including, but not limited to:
or attempt to do so; or
- denial of service attacks;
- flooding of networks;
- attempts to overload a service; and
- attempts to cause system crashes,
- use any unauthorized program to connect the user to any Burton Internet Society Internet Relay Chat ("IRC") server, including, but not limited to, IRC bots or clonebots;
- gain access or attempt to gain access to the private systems or data of Burton Internet Society, without the prior consent of the Burton Internet Society.
4.2 Burton Internet Society users must not use their Internet accounts to:
- 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
- disrupt or interfere with the normal operation of any system or network operated by any third party, or attempt to do so.
- gain access or attempt to gain access to the private systems or data of Burton Internet Society, or any third party without the prior consent of Burton Internet Society or the third party.
5.0 Usenet Newsgroups
5.1 Burton Internet Society users must not:
- post a single article or substantially similar articles to an excessive number of newsgroups, or cross-post to an excessive number of newsgroups;
- post articles on a newsgroup which are off-topic according to the newsgroup charter;
- post binary or encoded binary files to newsgroups not specifically designated for that purpose;
- post commercial messages on a non-commercial Burton Internet Society newsgroup without prior approval from Burton Internet Society;
- engage in any of (a), (b), (c) or (d) from a provider other than Burton Internet Society and use an account on Burton Internet Society as an e-mail return address or "drop" for responses, or
- engage in any of (a), (b), (c) or (d) from a provider other than Burton Internet Society for the purpose of drawing attention to a service hosted by or on Burton Internet Society’s network.
Burton Internet Society reserves the right to discontinue access to any Usenet newsgroup at any time and for any reason.
6.0 Censorship and Adult Materials
Burton Internet Society 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 Burton Internet Society to transmit or post any information or image that is criminally obscene or
otherwise prohibited under any applicable law.
Burton Internet Society 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.
7.1 False Pretences. Users must not use Burton Internet Society to impersonate any person or use a fictitious user name with any of Burton Internet Society’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 remailer services, or postings to any site that permits pseudonyms.
7.2 Unsolicited Advertising. Users must not use Burton Internet Society 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 Burton Internet Society to harass, threaten, or abuse any person or group of people by any means.
7.4 Crude or Offensive Postings. Users must not use Burton Internet Society 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. Burton Internet Society has the right, but not the obligation, to remove messages or images that Burton Internet Society, in its sole discretion, determines are offensive.
7.5 Multiple access. Users must not maintain more than one simultaneous connection to Burton Internet Society or any Burton Internet Society service, IRC Chat group, or newsgroup.
7.6 Disruptive Conduct. Users must not use Burton Internet Society 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 Burton Internet Society) an unusually large burden on the network itself. The guidelines for Bandwidth/Network Traffic Usage/month for each service package are the following:
Users must ensure that their activity does not improperly restrict, disrupt, inhibit, degrade or impede Burton Internet Society's ability to deliver the Services and monitor the Services, backbone, network nodes, and/or other network services.
- Residential - totaling 30 Gigabytes, or 20 Gigabytes download/10 Gigabytes upload;
8.2 Customers may not resell, share, or otherwise distribute the Services or any portion thereof to any third party without the written consent of Burton Internet Society. 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 a news feed unless express permission is granted by the customer agreement.
You may not provide network services to others via the Burton Internet Society.
Wireless routers or other wireless Internet sharing devices must be secured with an active encryption key. For detailed information on how to secure your wireless device consult your users manual or contact our support team.
9.1 This Acceptable Use Policy is subject to change without notice. The current version of the Acceptable Use Policy is always available at the http://www.burtoncity.ca web site.
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 Burton Internet Society users to firstname.lastname@example.org.