Acceptable usage guidelines of Dial-Up Accounts: 
Subscriber and its Users agree to use dial-up accounts solely on an active dial-up basis, meaning only as needed and in no way on a standby or inactive basis in order to maintain a connection. Without limitation of the foregoing, Subscriber and its Users shall abide by the following provisions regarding usage:

The following are violations of policies:

  1. Revealing your account password to others or allowing use of your account by others (other than authorized users in your household). At no time can there be simultaneous use of the same user name and password combination.
  2. Using a personal account for high volume useage (commercial or otherwise). If you would like to provide high-volume or commercial services, please contact for information about opening up a commercial account.
  3. Using services for illegal purposes, or in support of illegal activities. reserves the right to cooperate with legal authorities and/or injured third parties in the investigation of any suspected crime or civil wrong. Activities which are prohibited as potentially illegal include, but are not limited to:
  4. You may not post or transmit charity requests, petitions for signatures, chain letters or letters relating to pyramid schemes. You may not post or transmit any advertising, promotional materials or any other solicitation of other users of the Service for goods for services except in those areas (e.g., a classified bulletin board) that are designated for such purposes.
  5. Threatening bodily harm or property damage to individuals or groups.
  6. Attempting to access the accounts of others, or attempting to penetrate beyond security measures of our or other systems (referred to as hacking) whether or not the intrusion results in corruption or loss of data.
  7. Harassing others by 'mail-bombing' or 'news-bombing'. 'Mail-bombing' constitutes sending more than ten (10) similar e-mail messages to the same e-mail address. 'News-bombing' constitutes sending more than 10Mbytes of data to a newsgroup.
  8. You may not post or list articles which are off-topic according to the description of the group or list or send unsolicited mass e-mailings to more than twenty-five (25) e-mail users, if such unsolicited mailings provoke complaints from the recipients.
  9. Forging any message header, in part or whole, of any electronic transmission, originating or passing through services.
  10. Distributing viruses to or from systems.
  11. Use of software or any device that would allow your account to stay logged on while you are not actively using's services or use the account for the purpose of operating a server of any type.
  12. A dial-up account has only one mailbox for incoming electronic mail unless additional mailboxes have been purchased.
  13. Cross-posting advertisements for products, items, or services to ten (10) or more unrelated newsgroups.
  14. Disrupting any newsgroup with frivolous, excessively vulgar or repetitious postings.
  15. Posting of binary, or excessively large, unrelated text files to non-binary newsgroups that have specifically requested such material not be posted in the group's FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions).
  16. Installation of 'auto-responders', 'cancel-bots' or similar automated or manual routines which generate excessive amounts of net traffic, or disrupt net newsgroups or e-mail use by others.
  17. Engaging in any of the above activities using the service of another provider but channeling such activities through a account or re-mailer, or using a account as a mail drop for responses.
Subscribers found in violation of the usage policies may be subject to $1.95 an hour in addition to their monthly membership fee and other damages as a result of violation of this agreement.

INACTIVITY DISCONNECT POLICY: reserves the right to disconnect a dial-up account after 15 minutes of inactivity, as detected by through electronic means. This time is approximate and subject to change without notice in's sole discretion. Electronic or mechanical means to avoid an inactivity disconnect are strictly prohibited. Electronic or mechanical means include, but are not limited to "pinging" the mail server, employing electronic or software autodialer features to maintain an active connection or repeatedly checking for mail by auto login to the mail server. reserves the right to electronically audit connections to enforce the above requirements.

ABSOLUTE DISCONNECT POLICY: reserves the right to disconnect a dial-up account after 6 hours of connect time. This policy is to primarily to protect againist accidental or deliberate failure to disconnect at the end of a session. The subscriber may immediately reconnect after such a disconnectinon if the subscriber is interactively using the dialup connection but may not use an automatic means such a as a program to initiate the reconnection.

Use of Services:

  1. During an investigation, may suspend the account or accounts involved and/or remove the material involved from its servers. If believes, in its sole discretion, that a violation these guidelines has occurred, it may take responsive action. Such action may include, but is not limited to, additional hourly charges of $1.95 an hour in addition the monthly fees, damages, temporary or permanent removal of material from's servers, the cancellation of newsgroup posts, warnings to the Subscriber or Subscribers responsible, and the suspension or termination of the account or accounts responsible. , in its sole discretion, will determine what action will be taken in response to a violation on a case-by-case basis. Violations of these Guidelines could also subject the Subscriber to criminal or civil liability.
  2. The Subscriber of record is responsible for all use of the account, with or without the knowledge or consent of the Subscriber.
  3. The Subscriber may not store or distribute certain other types of material on's servers. Examples of prohibited material include, but are not limited to, programs containing viruses or trojans and tools to compromise the security of their sites.
  4. staff may monitor the security of Subscriber's passwords at any time. An Subscriber with an insecure password may be directed to change the password to one which complies with the above rules. Subscribers who repeatedly choose insecure passwords may be assigned a password by; continued failure to maintain password security may be grounds for account termination.
  5. The Subscriber is prohibited from utilizing services to compromise the security or tamper with system resources of accounts on computer at or at any other site. Use or distribution of tools designed for compromising security is prohibited. Examples of these tools include, but are not limited to password guessing programs, cracking tools or network probing tools.
  6. Subscribers, may not run programs which provide network services from their accounts. Examples of prohibited programs include, but are not limited to, mail, game, http and irc servers and multi-user interactive forums.
  7. You may not post or transmit any message anonymously or under a false name.
  8. You may not post or transmit any message which is libelous, defamatory or which discloses private or personal matters concerning any person. You may not post or transmit any message, data, image or program which is indecent, obscene or pornographic.
  9. You may not interfere with other users' use of the Service.
  10. You may not post or transmit any message which is harmful, threatening, abusive or hateful. It is not the Service's intent to discourage you from taking controversial positions or expressing vigorously what may be unpopular views; however, reserves the right to take such action as it deems appropriate in cases where the Service is used to disseminate statements which are deeply and widely offensive and/or harmful.
Subscribers found in violation of the usage policies may be subject to $1.95 an hour in addition to their monthly membership fee and other damages as a result of violation of this agreement. Revised 08-31-97
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