The main purpose of TCE Internet Service's is to facilitate communication with the numerous computer networks that make up what is commonly referred to as "the Internet." It is TCE's intention to allow TCE users complete access to everything the Internet has to offer with minimal or no interference.
Although the Internet as a whole offers much independence and autonomy for those who use it, many of the individual networks or portions of the Internet have specific guidelines for use. As the Internet expands, it is increasingly common for an Internet Service Provider, such as TCE, to be blocked from use of another organization's systems due to repeated misuses of that system's resources. Because TCE runs multi-user systems, actions of one TCE customer may have a severe impact on other customers' ability to use the system(s). This is unfair to all TCE users.
To this end, TCE has implemented these Acceptable Use Policies. They are intended to provide a guide to TCE's views on what constitutes inappropriate use of TCE's access to the Internet and to inform TCE's Customers of what actions TCE may take, with or without notice, in the event that TCE becomes aware of inappropriate use of TCE's service. They will be used to help TCE system administrators deal with complaints from users of TCE or other Internet-connected systems, and to determine when action must be taken. It is expected that all TCE Customers will follow the policies set forth herein. Protection of TCE's technical resources and TCE's ability to continue to provide high quality service to its customers, compliance with existing laws and regulations, and the protection of TCE's reputation as a service provider are all contributing factors to the policies outlined below.
(a) Posting a single article or substantially similar articles to an excessive number of newsgroups (i.e., more than 20) or continued posting of articles which are off-topic (e.g., off-topic according to the newsgroup charter or the article provokes complaints from the regular readers of the newsgroup for being off-topic).
(b) Sending unsolicited mass emailings which provoke complaints from the recipients.
(c) Engaging in either (a) or (b) from a provider other than TCE and using an account on TCE as a mail drop for responses, or to draw attention to a web site housed within TCE's networks.
(d) Continued harassment of other individuals on the Internet after being asked to stop by those individuals and by TCE.
(e) Mail bombing, i.e., sending large volumes of unsolicited e-mail to individuals or to individual business accounts.
(f) Impersonating another user or otherwise falsifying one's user name in email, Usenet postings, on Internet Relay Chat (IRC), or with any other Internet service. (This does not preclude the use of nicknames in IRC or the use of anonymous remailer services.)
(g) Privacy violations: Attempts, whether successful or not, to gain access to any other system or users' private data without express consent of the user.
(h) Use of IRC bots or clonebots on TCE, whether on IRC servers controlled by TCE or by other parties. An IRC bot is a program which runs and is connected to an IRC server 24 hours a day, automatically performing certain actions.
(i) Network unfriendly activity: Attempts to interfere with the regular workings of TCE's systems or network connections or which adversely affect the ability of other people or systems to use TCE services or the Internet, including, but not limited to: