The following lists some key points to Carolinanet's policy for Internet access. It is meant to accompany the Services Agreement and Terms of Service contract presented to all Carolinanet customers. We believe strongly in the freedom of speech and in allowing all Carolinanet customers total access to everything the Internet has to offer with minimal or no interference. However, some guidelines need to be established to help identify inappropriate activity. Our goal is to provide quality service, conform to existing laws, protect our resources, and protect our reputation as a service provider.
System Attack: An attempt to gain access to a system to which access has not been granted access and/or attacking a system with the intent to damage or "crash" the system. This applies to systems local to Carolinanet as well as outside systems. Carolinanet monitors access to all its systems, as do many remote systems. Malicious attacks can result in loss of access privileges, and in some cases, legal action.
File Attack: An attempt to read, modify, or execute files without appropriate permission or ownership. This includes attempts to read other people's e-mail, access restricted files, remove or alter files belonging to other Carolinanet users, and spread computer viruses.
Harassment: Sending e-mail messages to other users after being requested by those users to stop, regardless of the content of the messages. All Carolinanet users have the right to determine what they feel to be harassing e-mail.
Spam: Unsolicited e-mail, including advertisements. See Spam Policy.
False Identity: Sending e-mail or posting to newsgroups under a name used for the purpose of deception.
Connection Abuse: Although Carolinanet provides unlimited access to the Internet, usage guidelines are necessary to ensure all users are getting a fair share of Carolinanet's resources. The following constitute abuse:
If Carolinanet becomes aware that any of its customers have participated in the above, the Company reserves the right to terminate service without notice as described in Carolinanet 's Member Agreement and Terms of Service.
This Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) sets forth the principles that govern the use by customers of the Web-based products and services provided by Carolinanet. This AUP is designed to help protect our customers, and the Internet community, from irresponsible, abusive or illegal activities.
The Web interface is intended exclusively for the following purposes: manually registering domains (one at a time); administering previously registered domains; viewing transaction records; unpending domains to be processed.
These are some of the actions that will not be tolerated via the web interface, or the API (including, but not limited to):
Our services are not meant for individuals or companies attempting to register in a repetitive manner potentially available domains, domains that are on hold, or domains that may be available soon.
As a general rule, requesting a name more than once every 5 minutes is considered abuse.
Carolinanet neither condones nor endorses the use of bulk unsolicited commercial email to promote any aspect of your business.
Sending unsolicited commercial e-mail is prohibited. Using a Carolinanet e-mail or website address to collect responses from unsolicited commercial e-mail is prohibited. Sending large volumes of unsolicited e-mail (commercial or noncommercial) is prohibited. Activities that have the effect of facilitating unsolicited commercial e-mail or large volumes of unsolicited e-mail (commercial or non-commercial) are prohibited. If Carolinanet becomes aware that any of its members have participated in the above, the Company reserves the right to terminate service without notice as described in Carolinanet's terms of service.
If Carolinanet becomes aware that any of its client have participated in the above, the Company reserves the right to terminate service without notice as described in Carolinanet's terms of service.
The Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography And Marketing Act requires unsolicited commercial e-mail messages to be labeled (though not by a standard method) and to include opt-out instructions and the sender's physical address. It prohibits the use of deceptive subject lines and false headers in such messages. The FTC is authorized (but not required) to establish a "do-not-email" registry. State laws that require labels on unsolicited commercial e-mail or prohibit such messages entirely are pre-empted, although provisions merely addressing falsity and deception would remain in place. The CAN-SPAM Act took effect on January 1, 2004.
The CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 was introduced by Senators Conrad R. Burns (R-MT) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) in April 2003, with minor changes from the previous year's version, S. 630 (2002). Two other bills (S. 1231 and S. 1293) were subsequently merged into it. The enrolled (final) text of S. 877 as it was passed by the Senate on November 25, 2003, and agreed to by the House of Representatives on December 8, 2003, is available in PDF at this link. The bill was signed by the President on December 16, 2003, and took effect on January 1, 2004.