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Acceptable Use Policy

Please read this Acceptable Use Policy carefully before opening or continuing an account with Backroads. Please also familiarize yourself with Backroads' terms and conditions.

This Acceptable Use policy, in conjunction with the Terms and Conditions, represent the complete Agreement and understanding between Backroads and you, the Backroads account holder, and supersede any other written or oral agreement pertaining to your Backroads services, other than applicable software license agreements. By using Backroads services you agree to be bound by and to comply with this Agreement, just as if you had signed it. Violation of any provision of this Agreement is grounds for immediate termination of your Backroads account. Furthermore, you are acknowledging that you are an adult (18 years or older).

If you do not agree to be bound by both parts of this agreement, you should immediately end your use of Backroads services, and notify Backroads so that Backroads may initiate a closure of your account.

Acceptable Use Policy

Backroads Internet, Inc. offers our customers high quality Internet Access at reasonable prices. In order to continue to provide these services at these prices, the Backroads Acceptable Use Policy has been formulated with the following goals in mind:

  • Ensure security, reliability and privacy of Backroads' systems and network, and the networks and systems of others
  • Avoid situations that may cause Backroads to incur civil liability
  • Maintain the image and reputation of Backroads as a responsible provider
  • Preserve the value of Internet resources as a conduit for free expression
  • Encourage the responsible use of net resources, discouraging practices which degrade the usability of network resources and thus the value of Internet services
  • Preserve the privacy and security of individual users
The Acceptable Use Policy below defines the actions which Backroads considers to be abusive, and thus, strictly prohibited. The examples named in this list are non-exclusive, and are provided solely for guidance to Backroads customers. If you are unsure whether any contemplated use or action is permitted, please send mail to webmaster@backroads.net and we will assist you.

Please note that the actions listed below are also not permitted from other Internet Service Providers on behalf of, or to advertise, any service hosted by Backroads, or connected via the Backroads network. Furthermore, such services may not be advertised via deceptive marketing policies, as defined by the Federal Trade Commission Deception Policy Statement.

General Conduct

  1. Backroads customers are expected to use the Internet with responsibly, with respect and courtesy to others. Please respect the etiquette, customs and conventions of the forums and sites that you participate in.
  2. Customers are prohibited from transmitting on or through any of Backroads' services, any material that is, in Backroads' sole discretion, unlawful, obscene, threatening, abusive, libelous, or hateful, or encourages conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any local, state, national or international law.
  3. Backroads services may only be used for lawful purposes. Transmission, distribution, or storage of any information, data or material in violation of United States or state regulation or law, or by the common law, is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, material protected by copyright, trademark, trade secret, or any other statute. Backroads reserves the right to remove such illegal material from its servers.
  4. The customer is responsible for keeping his/her billing data with Backroads up-to-date and accurate. Furnishing false data on the signup form, contract, or online application, including fraudulent use of credit card numbers, is grounds for immediate termination, and may subject the offender to civil or criminal liability.
  5. The resale of Backroads products and services is not permitted, unless specifically permitted and documented in a written agreement.
System and Network Security
  1. Customers may not attempt to circumvent user authentication or security of any host, network, or account ("cracking"). This includes, but is not limited to, accessing data not intended for the Customer, logging into a server or account the Customer is not expressly authorized to access, or probing the security of other networks (such as running a SATAN scan or similar tool).
  2. Customers may not attempt to interfere with service to any user, host, or network ("denial of service attacks"). This includes, but is not limited to, "flooding" of networks, deliberate attempts to overload a service, and attempts to "crash" a host.
  3. Customers may not use any kind of program/script/command, or send messages of any kind, designed to interfere with a user's terminal session, via any means, locally or by the Internet.
  4. Users who violate systems or network security may incur criminal or civil liability. Backroads will cooperate fully with investigations of violations of systems or network security at other sites, including cooperating with law enforcement authorities in the investigation of suspected criminal violations.
  5. Open Mail Relays are prohibited. You may not use any portion of our services to facilitate, implement or permit e-mail relay services for third parties.

Access Accounts

  1. Backroads dialup accounts are intended for use by the individual(s) registered in that account. Unless an Account has been specified as a "network" account, all accounts are intended to be used by a single computer.
  2. Backroads accounts are intended for interactive use. Attempts to circumvent the 'idle daemon' or time charges accounting, or attempts to run programs while not logged in by any method, are prohibited.
  3. Backroads accounts operate on shared resources. Customers are prohibited from excessive consumption of resources, including CPU time, memory, disk space, and session time. The use of resource-intensive programs which negatively impact other system users or the performance of Backroads systems or networks is prohibited, and Backroads staff may take action to limit or terminate such programs.
  4. Password security is the responsibility of the individual user. Good passwords should be a minimum of six characters long, contain at least one number or symbol, and are not based on any dictionary word or common name. Customers may not share passwords or accounts with others.
  5. Unlimited accounts mean unlimited USAGE. This means that if you are personally in front of your computer USING the connection you may be connected as long as you like without limitations on your USAGE. Any account that has been discovered to be using a ping bot or automatic dial back system to maintain a full time connection will be asked to either upgrade their account to a dedicated connection or terminate the account. Backroads Dial Up accounts will be automatically logged out after 20 minutes of inactivity, or 12 hours of continuous use.
  6. You are solely responsible for your content and communications. Backroads only acts as a passive conduit for online distribution and publication of information. Backroads cannot possibly censor, control, monitor or referee all content and communications. However, Backroads reserves the right to monitor and take any actions with respect to your content and communication if we believe, for any reason at our sole discretion, it may diminish the quality of our services, harm our reputation, affect our ability to provide services, create liability for us or cause us to lose (in whole or part) the goodwill of our customers or the general public or the services of our suppliers.
Email
  1. Harassment, whether through language, frequency, or size of messages, is prohibited.
  2. Customers may not send email to any person who does not wish to receive it. If a recipient asks to stop receiving email, the customer must not send that person any further email.
  3. Customers are explicitly prohibited from sending unsolicited bulk mail messages ("junk mail" or "spam"). This includes, but is not limited to, bulk-mailing of commercial advertising, informational announcements, and political tracts. Such material may only be sent to those who have explicitly requested it.
  4. Customers are prohibited from sending any kind of bulk mail messages unsolicited or solicited in excess of 40 messages at a time.
  5. Customers may not forward or otherwise propagate chain letters, whether or not the recipient wishes to receive such mailings.
  6. Malicious email, including but not limited to "mail bombing" (flooding a user or site with very large or numerous pieces of email), is prohibited.
  7. Forging of header information is not permitted.
  8. Backroads accounts or services may not be used to collect replies to messages sent from another Internet Service Provider, where those messages violate this Acceptable Use Policy or the Acceptable Use Policy of that other provider.
  9. These rules apply to other types of Internet-based distribution mediums as well, such as RLG's Ariel system (a system for sending FAX-like documents over the Internet). USENET postings have their own regulations; see below.
USENET
  1. Backroads provides an uncensored newsfeed. As such, Backroads does not control the content of the newsgroups available to its customers. Backroads is not responsible for the content of any USENET posting, whether or not a Backroads customer made the posting.
  2. Postings to USENET newsgroups must comply with the written charters or FAQs for those newsgroups. Advertisements should only be posted in those newsgroups whose charters/FAQs explicitly permit them. The poster is responsible for determining the etiquette of a given newsgroup, prior to posting to it.
  3. Customers are prohibited from posting the same or similar message to large numbers of newsgroups (excessive cross-posting or multiple-posting, also known as "USENET spam").
  4. Customers are prohibited from posting chain letters of any type.
  5. Customers are prohibited from posting binary files to newsgroups not specifically named for that purpose.
  6. Customers are prohibited from canceling or superseding posts other than their own, with the exception of official newsgroup moderators performing their duties.
  7. Customers are prohibited from forging header information. This includes attempting to circumvent the approval process for posting to a moderated newsgroup.
  8. A customer may not solicit mail for any other address other than that of the customer's Backroads account or service, with the intent to harass or collect replies after Backroads service has been terminated.
Web Pages
  1. Customers are prohibited from posting porn on any Backroads web server.
  2. The "free personal web page" that is provided with dial-up accounts is limited to non-commercial activity. Persons with commercial web pages must obtain a commercial web account. Our definition of commercial page is; a page that sells commercial services or products or otherwise helps to generate a financial profit.
  3. The content of all web pages on a Backroads web server must not violate any state or federal laws.
IRC (Internet Relay Chat)
  1. Backroads is not liable for the content of any communications made on any IRC service. Backroads reserves the right to deny service to any user whose conduct is, in Backroads' sole judgement, disruptive to any IRC service or other users of that service.
  2. IRC robots ("bots" or "clones") may not be run from Backroads shell accounts.
  3. Customers are prohibited from using IRC scripts or programs that interfere with or deny service to other users on any server or host. Customers are also prohibited from engaging in activities which harass other users. This includes, but is not limited to, "flooding" (rapidly entering text with the intent to fill the screens of others), "flashing" (disrupting terminal emulation), "takeovers" (forcibly seizing operator privileges), attempting to send private messages to those who do not wish to see them (via "ignore"), attempting to return to a channel after being banned from it, and other disruptive behaviors.
Violations of These Policies
  1. The determination of violations of these policies is at the sole discretion of Backroads, Inc.
  2. Any user who violates these policies will have their access account terminated with no refunds. Any payments due will become due immediately.
  3. Each violation will incur a cleanup cost of $1000.00, payable upon receipt of invoicing. Any legal fees incurred by Backroads, Inc. will also be charged to the violator.
  4. In the event that a violation may incur criminal or civil liability by the user, Backroads will cooperate fully with any law enforcement agencies.

Reports of activity in violation of this policy may be sent in e-mail to webmaster@backroads.net.

Changes to the Acceptable Use Policy

This Acceptable Use Policy is subject to change without notice. A current copy will always be available upon request.