ICI or Virtual Line (the "Service") has established these Operating Rules to help make online usage and communications a positive and secure experience for Virtual Line's customer (Subscriber or Customer). BY SUBSCRIBER'S CONTINUED USE OF THE SERVICE, THE SUBSCRIBER AGREES TO BE BOUND BY THESE RULES AND THE VIRTUAL LINE SERVICE AGREEMENT, WHICH IS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE IN THESE RULES. The terms of the Service Agreement also apply to these Operating Rules and vice versa. Virtual Line may modify without prior notice to the subscriber these Operating Rules or the incorporated Service Agreement at any time by publishing the modified rule(s) over the Service.

The subscriber must not use the Service to upload, transmit or post copyrighted or otherwise protected material to the Internet without the permission of the owner(s) or person(s) owning the copyright or other intellectual property rights in the transmitted materials. Only the owner(s) or persons specifically authorized by the owner(s) may use the Service to upload, post or transmit copyrighted or otherwise protected material. If the subscriber downloads download from the Internet copyrighted or otherwise protected material The subscriber must do so with the express permission of the owner(s) or other authorized persons regarding copying, redistribution, modification or publication.

The subscriber agrees not to publish on or over the Service any information, software or other content which violates or infringes upon the rights of any other person or which would be abusive, profane or offensive to an average person. The subscriber agrees not to use the facilities and capabilities of the Service to conduct any business or activity or to solicit the performance of any activity prohibited by law. The subscriber agrees to comply with all applicable laws, rules and regulations in connection with subscriber's use of the Service. The subscriber acknowledges that the subscriber is aware that areas accessible through the Service may contain material unsuitable for minors (persons under 18 years of age). The subscriber agrees to supervise usage of the Service by minors whom the subscriber permits to use the Service. The subscriber acknowledges that, when using the Internet, The subscriber is are accessing content that is not controlled by Virtual Line. The reliability, availability and content of such resources accessed through the Internet are beyond Virtual Line's control and are not in any way warranted or supported by Virtual Line. The subscriber acknowledges that safeguards relative to copyright, ownership, decency, reliability and integrity of content are entirely lacking with respect to the Internet and content accessible through it. The subscriber assumes all risk and liability of subscriber's use of the Internet, including subscriber's continuous compliance with these Operating Rules.

Virtual Line reserves the right in its sole discretion and without prior notice to suspend and/or terminate subscriber's access to the Service at any time and for any reason. In the event that the subscriber's access to the Service is terminated (including for nonpayment), Virtual Line, in its sole discretion, may refuse to accept all new e-mail sent to the subscriber's terminated e-mail address. In the event that the subscriber cancels the subscriber's account in good faith, Virtual Line will forward the subscriber's e-mail to the subscriber's new e-mail address for period of thirty (30) days.

Unauthorized access to the Service or its servers is strictly prohibited. The subscriber agrees that the subscriber will not engage in such activity or attempt to break into the Service for the purpose of altering or manipulating the hardware and software comprising the Service, or for any other unauthorized use of any kind ("hacking"). The subscriber agrees that the subscriber will be responsible for and indemnify the Service for any liability of any kind arising from the use of the subscriber's access for such purposes.

The subscriber agrees to indemnify and hold Virtual Line harmless from any claims and expenses, including reasonable attorneys' fees, related to the subscriber's violation of these Operating Rules, the Service Agreement, applicable laws or unauthorized use of any software or other content obtained by the subscriber from the Internet using the Service.

The subscriber's right to use Virtual Line's personal flat rate service is personal to the subscriber alone and is not transferable or usable by more than one person at one time. The subscriber may not lease or otherwise assign or sublet the subscriber's personal flat rate service account to others. The subscriber's personal flat rate service is subject to any limits established by Virtual Line or by the subscriber's credit card company if billing is through a credit card. The subscriber may not under any circumstances resell to any other person or entity the service the subscriber receives receive through the subscriber's flat-rate personal account, nor may the subscriber use the subscriber's personal PPP account as a server or dedicated link to access files or internet services from the subscriber's remote computer. Multiple members of the same household may share a single account. However, only one person is authorized to access the Service at any given time on one account. As pricing is based on staggered bandwidth utilization, Virtual Line reserves the right to increase pricing based upon bandwidth utilization for any account.

Resellers are appointed by Virtual Line as our authorized Agent to obtain orders for our services. Resellers will obtain these orders only in accordance with the rates, terms and conditions stated by us. Reseller pricing is a function of bandwidth and/or service utilization and as such Virtual Line reserves the right to modify pricing based upon these conditions. Resellers may only use the materials authorized or supplied by Virtual Line in obtaining these orders without prior written authorization from Virtual Line. The reseller's appointment as Virtual Line's authorized Agent is non-exclusive and Virtual Line retains the right to offer the same or different services through Virtual Line or ICI employees or other persons or entities which Virtual Line may appoint at any time. Virtual Line may terminate any reseller agreements effective immediately in the event of a reseller making a material misrepresentation to an actual or prospective customer and the subscriber's failure, upon notice by Virtual Line to take immediate steps to remedy such misrepresentation and/or prevent such misrepresentation from occurring again. Virtual Line grants resellers a limited license to use the Virtual Line name and federally registered and protected service marks, and any other service marks that Virtual Line may authorize, ONLY in connection with a reseller obtaining a subsciber's order(s) for Virtual Line. Resellers may not use the Virtual Line trade name or service marks without our prior written approval, which Virtual Line is free to withhold for any reason. Resellers of Virtual Line's services may be required to pay all applicable setup fees prior to reselling accounts for Virtual Linet and promotional pricing which is available to Virtual Line's subscribers may not be available to authorized agents or resellers.

The subscriber is guaranteed a minimum of five (5) megabytes of hard drive space for ftp file storage, and five (5) megabyte of hard drive for personal web pages. In its discretion, however, the Service may allocate more space to the subscriber's use. Due to limitations on hard drive space on the mail server, however, the subscriber is restricted to ten (10) megabytes of e-mail and attached files. Should the e-mail server overload and reset due to violations of this rule, the subscriber may lose undelivered e-mail. The Service takes no responsibility for lost e-mail due to violations of this rule by its members. Virtual Line believes that all mail messages must remain absolutely private so that the subscriber will have the confidence to regularly use the Service. Any hint of monitoring could undermine the subscriber's trust and slow our business growth, so we maintain strict policies which can be summarized by the following statements: 1) Virtual Line does not monitor any messages in any way. 2) Virtual Line employees are prohibited from disclosing mail communications if an employee sees a member's message while performing his or her job (such as technicians aiding in customer problem resolution).


Unsolicited Broadcast Email (UBE): Unsolicited Broadcast Email (UBE) is two or more substantially similar electronic mail messages that satisfy both of the following provisions, without respect to message content: 1. Unsolicited: a message is deemed to be unsolicited when the recipient has not entered into a business or personal relationship with the sender, nor explicitly authorized communication from the sender by originating a communication to the sender to this effect, documentary evidence of which has been retained for exhibit by the sender. This authorization may take the form of an electronic mail message (with complete transmission header information attached), a document transmitted by post or FAX, or interaction with an electronic facility such as a World Wide Web page containing an explicit authorization mechanism requiring the user to take a specific step to activate it (that is, authorization must not occur as a default consequence of any other action taken by the user). 2. Broadcast: a message is deemed to be Broadcast when it is not Unicast (sent to a single recipient) or Multicast (sent to subscribers of an established mailing list service, in accordance with the published terms of that service).

USENET: Usenet is the world-wide network of privately-owned Network News Transport Protocol (NNTP) servers, which voluntarily accept, store and relay postings("articles") originated by individual Usenet participants. Usenet articles are organized into groups ("newsgroups") according to subject matter, geographic region, nature of expected traffic, and other considerations. Some newsgroups are moderated, i.e. postings must be received, approved and posted by a designated authority before they may legitimately appear in that newsgroup. Criteria for appropriate use of Usenet are defined by consensus of owners and administrators of Usenet servers. Current guidelines and definitions are regularly posted to the newsgroup 1) Virtual Line provides an uncensored newsfeed. As such, Virtual Line does not control the content of the newsgroups available to its customers. Virtual Line is not responsible for the content of any USENET posting, whether or not the posting was made by a Virtual Line customer. Inappropriate Usenet postings: Usenet postings are deemed inappropriate when any of the following conditions are met: 1) The subject or content of the posting does not conform to the published charter of the news group in which the posting appears. 2) A posting to a moderated newsgroup contains falsified moderator authorization information. 3) The posting is excessively multi-posted (EMP) or excessively cross-posted (ECP) according to the definitions in the current version of the document "Current Usenet SPAM thresholds and guidelines" as published in the newsgroup 4) Customers are prohibited from posting binary files to newsgroups not specifically named for that purpose. Customer agrees that: 1) Equipment connected to the network under this agreement will not be used to create, originate, transmit, collect or relay UBE. 2) Connected equipment not be used to advertise, supply, distribute, or facilitate the use of any information or computer software used for the creation, transmission, collection or relay of UBE. 3) Connected equipment not be used to advertise or facilitate the use of any service, facility or business established for or involved in the creation, transmission, collection or relay of UBE. 4) Connected equipment will not host or be used to provide services to or for any server or other network facility (including but not limited to HTTP, FTP and Gopher servers) that is advertised by UBE sent from or through this or any other network. 5) Connected equipment will not be used to originate or promote inappropriate Usenet postings. 6) Connected equipment will not host or be used to provide services to or for any server or other network facility (including but not limited to HTTP, FTP and Gopher servers) that is advertised by inappropriate Usenet postings sent from or through this or any other network. 7)Harassment, whether through language, frequency, or size of messages, is prohibited. 8) Customers may not forward or otherwise propagate chain letters, whether or not the recipient wishes to receive such mailings. 9) Malicious email, including but not limited to "mailbombing" (flooding a user or site with very large or numerous pieces of email), is prohibited. 10) Forging of header information is not permitted.

Personal web pages provided to the subscriber as part of the subscriber's flat rate personal service may be used for commercial announcements and advertising but may not be used for interactive commerce or interactive commercial activities (such as processing orders, sending goods, etc). Should the subscriber need such commercial capabilities and capacity, Virtual Line will be happy to assist the subscriber in setting up commercial web pages for that purpose.

Each Virtual Line customer is responsible for the activities of its customer base or end-users and, by accepting service from Virtual Line, is agreeing to ensure that its customers abide by this Policy. Complaints about customers or end-users of a Virtual Line customer will be forwarded to the Virtual Line customer's hostmaster for action. If irresponsible or illegal activity continues, then the Virtual Line customer's Products and Services may be subject to termination or other action as Virtual Line deems appropriate without notice. As stated in the terms and conditions for Virtual Line products and services, Virtual Line has the right to terminate the account of an offending customer or take other action as Virtual Line deems appropriate without notice (e.g., address filtering). Virtual Line reserves the right to modify this Policy at any time.

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