Acceptable Use Policy for Horizon Internet Services

Last Modified: October 17, 2023

Introduction

Horizon Telcom, Inc. (the “Horizon,” “we,” or “us”) provides internet services, including hosting services (software applications and hardware) (the “Services”), to its commercial and residential customers (“Customers”) in accordance with the [Horizon Services Agreement, as modified from time to time.

This Acceptable Use Policy (this “AUP”) governs your access to and use of the Services. Horizon reserves the right to amend, alter, or modify Customer’s conduct requirements as set forth in this AUP at any time. By using the Services, you accept and agree to be bound and abide by this AUP. If you do not want to agree to this AUP, you must not access or use the Services.

Prohibited Uses

You may use the Services only for lawful purposes and in accordance with this AUP. You agree not to use the Services:

  • In any way that violates any applicable federal, state, local, or international law or regulation (including, without limitation, any laws regarding the export of data or software to and from the US or other countries).
  • For the purpose of exploiting, harming, or attempting to exploit or harm, minors in any way by exposing them to inappropriate content, asking for personally identifiable information, or otherwise.
  • To send, knowingly receive, upload, download, use, or re-use any material which violates the rights of any individual or entity established in any jurisdiction.
  • To transmit, or procure the sending of, any advertising or promotional material, including any “junk mail,” “chain letter,” “spam,” or any other similar solicitation.
  • To impersonate or attempt to impersonate Horizon, a Horizon employee, another user, or any other person or entity (including, without limitation, by using e-mail addresses or screen names associated with any of the foregoing).
  • To engage in any other conduct that restricts or inhibits anyone’s use or enjoyment of the Services, or which, as determined by us, may harm the Horizon or users of the Services or expose them to liability.

 

Additionally, you agree not to:

  • Use the Services in any manner that could disable, overburden, damage, or impair the Services or interfere with any other party’s use of the Services, including their ability to engage in real time activities through the Services.
  • Use any robot, spider, or other automatic device, process, or means to access the Services for any purpose, including monitoring or copying any Services traffic or resources available on the Services.
  • Use any manual process to monitor or copy any traffic or resources available via the Services or for any other unauthorized purpose without our prior written consent.
  • Use any device, software, or routine that interferes with the proper working of the Services.
  • Introduce any viruses, trojan horses, worms, logic bombs, or other software or material which is malicious or technologically harmful.
  • Attempt to gain unauthorized access to, interfere with, damage, or disrupt any parts of the Services or any server, computer, database, or other resource or element connected to the Services.
  • Violate, attempt to violate, or knowingly facilitate the violation of the security or integrity of the Services.
  • Otherwise attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Services.

 

Content Standards

You agree not to use the Services to send, knowingly receive, upload, download, use, or re-use any material which:

  • Contains any material that is defamatory, obscene, indecent, abusive, offensive, harassing, violent, hateful, inflammatory, or otherwise objectionable.
  • Promotes sexually explicit or pornographic material, violence, or discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, or age.
  • Infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, or other intellectual property or other rights of any other person.
  • Violates the legal rights (including the rights of publicity and privacy) of others or contains any material that could give rise to any civil or criminal liability under applicable laws or regulations.
  • Is likely to deceive any person.
  • Promotes any illegal activity, or advocates, promotes, or assists any unlawful act.
  • Causes annoyance, inconvenience, or needless anxiety or is likely to upset, embarrass, alarm, or annoy any other person.
  • Impersonates any person, or misrepresents your identity or affiliation with any person or organization.
  • Involves commercial activities or sales, such as contests, sweepstakes, and other sales promotions, barter, or advertising.
  • Gives the impression that they emanate from or are endorsed by us or any other person or entity, if this is not the case.

 

Monitoring and Enforcement

Horizon, in its sole discretion, will determine whether your conduct is in compliance with this AUP. We have the right to:

  • Monitor your use of the Services for any purpose in our sole discretion and as we see fit.
  • Take any action we deem necessary or appropriate in our sole discretion if we believe a user’s conduct violates this AUP, infringes any intellectual property right or other right of any person or entity, threatens the personal safety of users of the Services or the public, or could create liability for the Horizon.
  • Disclose your identity or other information about you to any third party who claims that material posted by you violates their rights, including their intellectual property rights or their right to privacy.
  • Take appropriate legal action, including without limitation, referral to law enforcement, for any illegal or unauthorized use of the Services.
  • Terminate or suspend your access to all or part of the Services for any or no reason, including without limitation, any violation of this AUP.

 

Without limiting the foregoing, we have the right to fully cooperate with any law enforcement authorities or court order requesting or directing us to disclose the identity or other information of anyone who accesses or uses the Services. YOU WAIVE AND HOLD HARMLESS THE COMPANY AND ITS AFFILIATES, LICENSEES AND SERVICE PROVIDERS FROM ANY CLAIMS RESULTING FROM ANY ACTION TAKEN BY ANY OF THE FOREGOING PARTIES DURING, OR TAKEN AS A CONSEQUENCE OF, INVESTIGATIONS BY EITHER SUCH PARTIES OR LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES.

Customer Responsibility

Customer remains solely and fully responsible for the content of any material posted, hosted, downloaded/uploaded, created, accessed, or transmitted using the Services. Horizon has no responsibility for any material created on or accessible using the Services, including content provided on third-party websites linked to the Horizon network. Such third-party website links are provided as navigation tools for informational purposes only, and do not constitute in any way an endorsement by Horizon of the content of such sites. Customers are responsible for taking prompt corrective action(s) to remedy a violation of AUP and to help prevent similar future violations.