Acceptable Use Policy


Please read this document carefully before accessing internet services provided to you by Home Telephone Co. (HTC). By using any of HTC’s services you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions below. If you do not wish to be bound by these terms and conditions, you may not access HTC’s network or systems.

This document constitutes the Acceptable Use Policy of HTC.

This document describes the guidelines that HTC uses in providing services to its customers and the rules to which HTC customers must adhere in order to continue to enjoy and allow others to enjoy optimum use of HTC’s services via its network and systems.

This policy is applicable to all HTC customers. A breach of any of the terms and conditions of this policy by any HTC customer is strictly prohibited and may lead to the suspension or termination of the customer’s service, without notice.

All HTC customers must take responsibility for distribution, publication and enforcement of the HTC Acceptable Use Policy at their sites.

Responsible Usage

You must take responsibility for your actions on the network and systems you access through HTC. You must comply with rules, regulations and acceptable usage policies that are in force for each system you access. If you act recklessly or irresponsibly or your actions endanger HTC’s network or systems, your access may be suspended or terminated at any time, without notice.

Resource Usage

HTC requires you to act responsibly when consuming resources on HTC’s network and systems. If you unreasonably consume excess resources on HTC’s network and systems, your access may be suspended or terminated at any time, without notice.

Secure Usage

HTC requires you to take responsibility for maintaining the security of your HTC service. Protection of the security aspects of your service, like accounts and passwords, are your responsibility. Subsequent usage of your service by a third party will result in you being responsible for the charges incurred.

General

HTC’s services may only be used for lawful and authorized purposes. Storage, transmission or distribution of any material in violation of Commonwealth or State legislation is prohibited. This includes copyright material, material legally judged as threatening or obscene, or material protected by trade secret.

Unauthorized Usage

Any attempt to access or modify unauthorized computer system information or to interfere with normal system operations, whether on the equipment of HTC or any computer system or network that is accessed by our services, may result in the suspension or termination of your access. Unauthorized activities include, but are not limited to, guessing or using passwords other than your own, accessing information that does not have public permission, and accessing any system on which you are not welcome.

Any attempt to disrupt or interfere with users, services or equipment, may result in the termination or suspension of your access. Disruptions include, but are not limited to, distribution of unsolicited advertising or spamming, monopolization of services, propagation of, or transmission of information or software which contains computer worms, trojan horses, viruses or other harmful components, using the network to make unauthorized entry to any other machine accessible via HTC, sending harassing or threatening e-mail, and forgery or attempted forgery of e-mail messages and Usenet news postings.

You will be held liable for, and indemnify HTC for, all costs and damages, attributable to your unauthorized activities or disruptions.

Illegal or Fraudulent Usage

You must not use, or allow any other person to use, the HTC’s network and systems for any activities of an illegal or fraudulent nature, including any activities prohibited under the Telecommunications Act 1989 (Cth), the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic) or under other applicable state and/or Commonwealth Laws.

Copyright

It is your responsibility not to store on a HTC system, transfer or cause to be transferred over the HTC network, reproduce or make available for distribution through the HTC network, any data where the storage, reproduction, transfer, or distribution of, that data is in contravention of the Copyright Act 1968.

Content

HTC does not and cannot monitor or control the content and information accessed via HTC; HTC only provides access. HTC shall not be held responsible in any way for the content of the information accessed via HTC or offered for public access via HTC. It is you and/or your users and customers’ responsibility to avoid whatever is found to be offensive or obscene on any system. You and/or your users and customers must take responsibility for the material placed on HTC’s network and systems, and the statements made in mediums including, but not limited to, web pages, e-mail, chat or discussion forums and Usenet news. Content providers must clearly identify material unsuitable for minors and refrain from contributing prohibited material, including, but not limited to, material deemed obscene under the Classifications (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 (Vic). Failure to comply with relevant legislation by you or your users and customers may lead to suspension or termination of your access.

Investigation by Authorities

HTC reserves the right to act in any appropriate manner, where there are reasonable grounds for suspecting that illegal or unacceptable usage of the HTC’s network and systems is occurring. HTC co-operates fully with Commonwealth and State Police and other bodies investigating unlawful behavior on or via its network or systems.

HTC reserves the right to suspend your access if your usage of its network or systems is subject to any investigation.

Complaints

To report a violation of HTC’s Acceptable Use Policy, please send details, including any documentation, article or e-mail to acceptableuse@ortelco.net

General

HTC reserves the right to suspend or terminate your service without refund should you or your customers breach, or assist, abet, encourage or incite another party to breach any of the above terms, conditions, rules, regulations or laws.

Disclaimer of Liability

HTC disclaims all liability for, and does not accept any responsibility for, anything that may happen to you or your equipment, or any loss incurred by you through use of HTC, the use of any of the services provided by HTC, or the suspension or termination of your service by HTC. This disclaimer of liability does not supersede or replace any other obligation expressly provided in any HTC Service Agreement.