This Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) is an extension of your Internet Services
Agreement and is subject to change at any time. You are required to check
this document on a monthly basis to insure you are up-to-date on our
policies and in full compliance. This policy is subject to change at any
time to reflect our policies on new activities, services, abuses, changes
in technology, or to expand or refine new or existing policies.
The Internet is a loose association of voluntarily connected and maintained
hardware and a worldwide audience of voluntary users. There is no central
governing body nor is there any one nation responsible for governing the
Internet or its users. There is, however, a necessary adherence to certain
minimum standards so that users from all over the world accessing the
Internet with a multitude of different computers and operating systems may
interact with servers and other users distributed throughout the world also
adhering to these voluntary standards. Many, though not all, of the accepted
technical standards can be located in the RFC archives. Standards of behavior
are often referred to as "netiquette" and one should strive to obey these
standards as well as they are tried and true and help promote meaningful
discussion and exchange of information and ideas that makes the Internet the
success it is today.
Although there is no governing body, it is the responsibility of each
Technology Partners Customer to adhere to the following principles in order to
preserve and self-regulate the Internet so as to protect the Internet
and it's users from harmful or unlawful abuses.
- 1. Respect - The internet is intended for use by mature
and responsible adults. Children, including teenagers, should only use
the Internet under the direct supervision of a responsible adult. Treat
others on the Internet the same as you would want them to treat you -
you never know when the tables might turn!
- 2. International Audience - The Internet consists of users
from all nationalities and all walks of life. Before reacting to something
you might deem offensive be certain to take into account both the culture
of the individual as well as the possibility that they may not have the same
command of the English language as yourself. Also, realize that it is
permitted for individuals to communicate in their native language, even if
it does look like gibberish on your screen. It is, however, encouraged that
all public posts on Usenet be in English if English is the predominate
language for that newsgroup.
- 3. Knowledge of the Internet - It is each Customer's
responsibility to familiarize themselves with the software, hardware, and the
commonly accepted practices of the Internet. There are numerous books, videos,
and classes - both online and off - available to help you become better
acquainted with the Internet.
- 4. Lawful Uses Only - It is each Customer's responsibility
to familiarize themselves with the local, state, and federal laws governing
their use of the Internet as well as any and all other applicable laws
governing the Customer's behavior. The Customer is responsible for ensuring
that they, anyone who uses their account, and any computers or other hardware
they may have connected to the Internet are used only for lawful purposes.
Customers may not use the Internet to libel, defame, harass, stalk, threaten,
invade another's privacy, compromise Copyrights, compromise trade secrets,
improperly use trademarks, interfere with the operation of Internet servers
or the ability of Internet users to access the Internet, or the export of
technical or military data to prohibited countries (this includes, but is not
limited to, restricted export of encryption devices ("ITAR")).
- 5. Improper Uses - Customer is expected to avoid violating
certain generally accepted guidelines and principles on Internet usage.
Such restrictions include, but are not limited to, mass emailing, mass
advertising, mass Usenet posting and cross-posting, unlawful pirating or
copying of software, mail bombing, denial of service attacks, and attempts
to intentionally violate the security of other systems and users.
- 6. Unsolicited Commercial Email (UCE) and Spam - Customer may
not use Technology Partners resources to mass email or post to Usenet newsgroups with
unsolicited information. This includes email and Usenet posts which may not
originate from Technology Partners resources but which make references to Technology Partners
resources (e.g. an email address or Website URL which points to a server
maintained by Technology Partners). Unsolicited emails of a commercial or private
nature may not exceed the lesser of 10 emails per day or 100 emails per month.
Remember that mass emailing may be inexpensive to the sender but it costs Technology
Partners, the recipient, and the recipient’s ISP dearly in terms of complaint
handling, bandwidth used, necessary storage, download time, and mailbox
management time. What may seem like one simple email to you quickly becomes
multiplied by the thousands and even millions for the ISPs which must handle
the flood of emails. There is no such limitation on the emailing of information
specifically requested by individuals or organizations. If you should mass
email to a group of explicitly opted-in recipients, please try to schedule the
mass mailings for sometime between the hours of 12:01am and 6:00am in the
morning. The Internet has much more available (unutilized) capacity during
these hours, as do most email servers. If you are in doubt as to whether a
planned mass emailing is in compliance with this AUP, contact Technology Partners
management for clarification and/or consideration.
- 7. Security - Customer is responsible for protecting the
integrity of their accounts and for protecting Technology Partners servers from
security risks which might be created as a result the Customer's actions
(e.g. the upload of a CGI script with a serious security hole). In the case
of scripts and applications installed on servers owned or maintained by Technology Partners, this security includes validating (or taint checking) all data
received from a remote user or machine. In the case of user accounts this
security includes protecting your password and access to your computer(s)
from others. If you feel you may have, whether intentional or unintentional,
allowed Technology Partners' security to be violated you must notify Technology Partners
management immediately (call (602) 288-8304) so that proper
steps to secure any compromised resources may be made.
- 8. Excessive Resource Usage - The Customer will not be
permitted to use excessive amounts of CPU processing, disk or memory storage,
bandwidth, or other shared resources. In the event that resources are
utilized excessively, Technology Partners will be forced to immediately suspend
Customer's account(s) in order to protect Technology Partners' ability to continue
serving its customers which are not excessively utilizing available
- 9. Pornography - Although Technology Partners strongly supports the
rights of adult entertainment businesses to exist and operate on the
Internet, Technology Partners does not permit its resources to be used for the
purposes of adult entertainment or for the dissemination of pornographic
material. You have the right to free speech, we have the right not to
listen! This restriction is not intended to prohibit organizations,
institutions or individuals from providing bonafide sexual reproductive
information or the displaying of artwork which may contain nudity but
which is not especially sexual in nature. If you are in doubt with
respect to this requirement, contact Technology Partners management for clarification
- 10. Discretion and Good Judgment - Customer is responsible
for using proper discretion and judgment in all Internet transactions. This
includes, but is not limited to, ethical business practices, ensuring that
adult material is not transmitted to juveniles, ensuring that trade secrets
are properly protected, and the general application of "Common Sense".
Last Revised: Thursday, September 17th, 2004 at 07:46AM Mountain Standard Time.