FMCTC Customers should read this document. All FMCTC Internet
customers are responsible for the policy written here, and your
account WILL BE DISABLED WITHOUT WARNING if you violate it.
FMCTC sets forth an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)
with the intent of protection of our service, our customers, and
other users of the Internet from potentially abusive actions taken
by FMCTC customers. The following policy is non-exclusive; any
action about which there is doubt should be referred to FMCTC for
evaluation. FMCTC may alter this policy from time to time as need
- Each FMCTC Internet account has a
password that is the key to gain access to the account. The
customer who registered the account is solely responsible for
all access and actions taken concerning the account. It is the
account owner’s responsibility to safeguard the account password
and to ensure that FMCTC Acceptable Use Policies are honored.
FMCTC will hold the account owner responsible for any violations
of the AUP.
- Sites directly attached to FMCTC are
expected to adhere to the FMCTC Acceptable Use Policies. The
individual who signed the contract is responsible for educating
site users on acceptable use policies. Violations of the AUP by
directly attached sites will be referred to the contract signer
for resolution. The contract signer will be held responsible for
any violations of the AUP.
- FMCTC enforces these policies with
respect to FMCTC customers only. We are not responsible for
abusive actions that originate from other sites or networks on
Acceptable use of the FMCTC network facilities
does NOT include:
- Attempting to circumvent user
authentication or security of any host, network, or account on
FMCTC systems or the Internet at large ("cracking").
- Use of FMCTC systems or networks
(willfully or negligently) in a manner that encumbers disk
space, processors, bandwidth, or other system resources so as to
interfere with others’ normal use of services on FMCTC or other
systems and networks ("denied of service" attack).
- Activities which violate local, state, or
Acceptable Use: Domain Names
FMCTC provides domain name service for
Dedicated Connection, Enhanced Showcase, and UUCP customers. Keeping
registry information updated and accurate is the responsibility of
the domain holder and not FMCTC. Acceptable use of the FMCTC domain
name service does NOT include:
- Falsifying or omitting valid domain
contact information, including the administrative, technical,
zone, and billing contracts.
Acceptable Use: Email
Acceptable use of Email does
- Sending unsolicited mass
mailings of any nature, including those with a "negative option"
for continuation. The negative option is inviting those who do
not wish to receive more email to reply to you.
- Sending a large number of email messages,
or singularly large email messages, to a single address in order
to flood someone’s mailbox.
- Forging email headers to obscure the true
originator of the message.
- Creating or participating in pyramid
schemes or chain letters.
- Sending harassing email, either by
language, size or frequency. This includes sending email (or
real time) messages to a person who has asked explicitly that
you do not.
- Activities which violate local, state, or
Acceptable Use: Usenet
Acceptable use of FMCTC Usenet News service
does NOT include:
Use: Dial-up Access
Dial-up connections to
FMCTC that are idle for 30 minutes or longer, or connected for
more than 24 hours continuously, will be disconnected. Idle time
is defined as a period during which no input or output is sent
or received across the modem connection.
Multiple simultaneous logins to a single
FMCTC dial-up account are prohibited.
While our service is virtually unlimited,
it is not a dedicated modem connection. Use of FMCTC dial-up
service as a dedicated modem connection through use of redialers
and idle-time traffic generators is prohibited.
- Posting unsolicited messages to a large
number of Usenet newsgroups by either cross posting or posting
to individual groups ("spamming").
- Attempting to cancel, supersede, or
otherwise interfere with Usenet posts other than one’s own.
- Blatant posting of articles which
violates the named charter for specific newsgroups.
- Publishing someone’s real-world data
(such as telephone number, address, social security number,
etc.) in such a way as to cause the person trouble or to incite
others to do so.
- Forging Usenet header information to
obscure the true originator of the message.
- Activities that violate local, state, or
Acceptable Use: Web/FTP Sites
Acceptable use of FMCTC web/FTP space does
- Distribution of pornographic or otherwise
indecent or offending materials.
- Distribution of restricted software or
materials in violation of copyrights or distribution licenses.
- Distribution of materials which violates
local, state, or federal statutes.
FMCTC reserves the
right to restrict or terminate service without refund in the event
of an AUP violation. FMCTC also reserves the right to take action on
abuse which is not specifically named in this AUP at the sole
discretion of FMCTC. Use of the FMCTC systems and network
constitutes understanding and agreement of this policy.
Abuse to FMCTC
FMCTC provides an email address for use
in reporting abusive activities originating from FMCTC customers as outlined
in the FMCTC Acceptable Use Policy. See below. Please note, abuse
origination from non- FMCTC customers cannot be handled by FMCTC. Report
those instances to the provider/site who has authority over the abusive
- When reporting email or Usenet abuse, include a
FULL copy of the message, including headers. This information is
required in order for any action to be taken.
- When reporting other types of abuse, include
details such as log files documenting the incident. FMCTC cannot act on
your work alone; we must have documented proof of an incident.
- Send your report in email to
Support@fmctc.com. Due to the
number of reports submitted pertaining to a single
abuse incident, it is not
always possible for FMCTC to respond to every report.
PLEASE NOTE: The action
taken on abuse reports will be at the sole discretion of FMCTC. Our intent
is NOT to be The Net Police, but to simply do our part to insure quality
access and use of the Internet to all of our customers and to the Internet
community at large.