Acceptable Use Policy
Consent to Monitoring
Benton Ridge Telephone Company (“Benton Ridge”), reserves the right to, and you acknowledge and consent that Benton Ridge may (but is not required to) monitor your communications and activities via this Service (including their content) during transmission and in connection with use of the Service, and may disclose any such information for purposes for ensuring your compliance with this agreement, applicable law, cooperating with legal authorities, and otherwise protecting Benton Ridge’s rights, property and interest.
Authorized Use of This Service
You agree that you are fully responsible for your activities while using Benton Ridge’s service (including for any content, information and other materials you access or transmit via this Service), and that you shall bear all risks regarding use of this Service. You agree not to use this Service to engage in any prohibited conduct. Broadly stated, prohibited conduct is any conduct that is unlawful, infringing, tortious or that is harmful (or puts at risk) to Benton Ridge or any other party or property; that violates another party’s intellectual property, privacy or other rights; or that otherwise interferes with the operation, use or enjoyment of any service, system or other property. By way of illustration and not limitation, prohibited conduct includes using this Service to: (i) intercept, divert or otherwise interfere with any communication, (ii) violate the security or integrity of, or gain unauthorized access to, this Service or any other service, system or communication; (ii) impose an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on any systems or infrastructure; (iii) send “spam”, chain letters, or other unsolicited communications to any party; (iv) create a “mail drop” for such communications, or engage or permit e-mall relay services (e.g., “open mail relay”); (v) “spoof” or otherwise impersonate any other party, falsely stating or otherwise misrepresenting your identity or affiliation in any way, or forge, delete or alter any part of TCPIP packet header or sender identification information in any communication; (vi) commit fraud; (vii) harass, or threaten any party, advocate or otherwise encourage violence against any government, organization, group, individual or property, or provide instruction, information, or assistance in causing or carrying out such violence; (viii) disseminate viruses, Trojan horses, or other code or programming intended to damage, interfere with, intercept or expropriate any system, data or personal information; (ix) send or receive any material that could be considered harmful, obscene, pornographic, indecent, lewd, violent, abusive, profane, insulting, threatening, tortuous, harassing, hateful or otherwise objectionable; (x) send or receive any material that harasses, victimizes, degrades, or intimidates an individual or group of individuals en the basis of religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, age, or disability; (xi) send or receive material containing defamatory, false, or libelous material; (xii) send or receive any material that infringes or violates any intellectual property or other right of any entity or person, including, without limitation, copyrights, patents, trademarks, laws governing trade secrets, rights to privacy, or publicity; (xiii) send or receive any material that you do not have a right to make available under law or contractual or fiduciary relationships; (xiv) engage in conduct that would expose Benton Ridge or its service providers to civil or criminal liability; (xv) assist others in engaging in prohibited conduct, or (xvi) sell or otherwise transfer this Service to any user not located within the household unless granted explicit written permission from Benton Ridge. This list is not intended to be exhaustive.
You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Benton Ridge, its subsidiaries, agents, distributors, service providers and affiliates, and their respective officers, directors, shareholders and employees from and against any and all claims, actions, demands, liabilities, costs and expenses, including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys’ fees, resulting from your breach of any provision of this Agreement or any warranty you provide herein, or otherwise arising in any way out of your use of this Service. Benton Ridge reserves the right to take exclusive control and defense of any such claim otherwise subject to indemnification by you, in which event you will cooperate fully with Benton Ridge in asserting any available defenses.
Consequences of Unauthorized Use
Without limiting any other available right or remedy, Benton Ridge reserves the right to, and you agree that Benton Ridge shall have the right, to: (i) take such actions as it deems, in its sole discretion, to be appropriate to protect against violations of this Agreement or abuse of this Service and to otherwise protect its interests (e.g., removing offending material, temporary or permanent filtering, blocking access, and suspending or terminating service), and (ii) investigate immediately and involve and cooperate with appropriate authorities regarding any illegal or unauthorized activities involving this Service. You agree that you will be liable to Benton Ridge for any damages incurred or amounts that are required to be paid by Benton Ridge that arise out of or are related to your violation of this Agreement, including, without limitation, damages paid to third parties, cost of repairs or replacements, and reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs of enforcement.
You Are Responsible For Your Security and Privacy
Although privacy and security are important to Benton Ridge, you understand and agree that you shall have no expectation of privacy or security in your use of this Service. There are privacy and security risks associated with wireless communications and the Internet generally. You acknowledge that Benton Ridge makes no assurance that your communications or activities will be or will remain private or secure, and agree that Benton Ridge assumes no responsibility in that regard. You agree that you, and not Benton Ridge, are solely responsible for your own privacy and security in using this Service, and for implementing any protections you deem to be appropriate to protect and secure your privacy, and your activities, hardware, software and systems. You shall be responsible for providing adequate antivirus and anti-spam to ensure a secure and properly functioning network connection.
Disclaimer Of Warranty
You acknowledge and agree that this Service is provided, “as is”, “with all faults”, and “as available”. You further acknowledge and agree that Benton Ridge disclaims all warranties and representations of any kind, whether express, implied or statutory, including without limitations any warranties: (i) of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, workmanlike effort, quality, accuracy, timeliness, completeness, title, quiet enjoyment, no encumbrances, no liens, or system integration; or (ii) that access to or use of this service or any part thereof will be uninterrupted, error or defect free, free of viruses or other harmful code, or secure, or that problems will be corrected, even if Benton Ridge is on notice of such problems. You agree that there are no warranties that extend beyond the face of this agreement; no advice or information given by Benton Ridge or its employees shall create any warranty.
The Internet contains a variety of materials and information that may be offensive to you. You agree that you assume full responsibility and risk for your use of this Service and the Internet, and that you are solely responsible for evaluating the suitability, appropriateness or legality of any informational content or other materials you may encounter online. Benton Ridge may, but needs not, provide screening of certain materials. Software products that enable screening of particular materials and information are commercially available and widely advertised in public media, including on the Internet.
Limitation of Benton Ridge Telephone Company Liability
(a) You acknowledge and agree that this Service does not impose liability of any kind or in any amount on Benton Ridge, including without limitation, liability for any direct, indirect, special, consequential, incidental, punitive or exemplary damages (including without limitation, lost profits, loss of business, business interruption, loss of data, or other similar damages) arising out of or related to this agreement or this Service; even if Benton Ridge is advised of the possibility of such damages. (b) You agree that the limitations in this section shall be deemed to apply to all causes of action and all legal theories, without regard to whether the damages arise from: (i) breach of contract, breach of warranty, negligence or other torts, or (ii) any other cause of action, however stated.
You agree that: this Agreement and your use of this Service shall be governed by the laws of the State of Indiana, without regard to conflicts of laws principles, and Benton Ridge shall have at all times the right to seek any injunctive or equitable relief available to it under applicable laws. You agree that the exclusive jurisdiction for all controversies or claims shall be the federal and state courts in the State of Indiana in Rush County, and you agree that such courts will have personal jurisdiction over you in such matters. You agree that this Agreement is solely between you and the owner/operator of this service. You agree that any controversy or claim brought or asserted by you or on your behalf that arises out of or relates to this Agreement or this Service shall be solely against the owner/operator that is providing this Service to you by Benton Ridge, and not any other party. Further, you agree that any action you bring that arises from or relates to this Service must be initiated within one year from the relevant date of your access to this Service, and that no cause of action may be brought after that time. You agree that if any provision(s) of this Agreement is determined to be invalid or unenforceable under applicable law such provision(s) will be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that most closely serves the intent of the original provision and the remainder of this Agreement will continue to have legal effect. You agree that this Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between you and Benton Ridge regarding its subject matter, and it supersedes any prior or contemporaneous agreements between you and Benton Ridge regarding its subject matter. You agree that any notices given by you to Benton Ridge must be given by email (addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org), or by postal mail to Benton Ridge Telephone Company at: P.O. Box 8, Rushville, IN 46173.