Note: Some aspects of this document are currently being revised, we will be simplifying and making various improvements to this document over the next few days.
PRiS Acceptable Use Policy
PRIS provides local Internet services for the enjoyment of PRIS members and their friends. PRIS members strongly support the concept of freedom of expression on the Internet. They also believe that they have the right to exercise personal control over the acceptability of their Internet environment.
We must all take responsibility for the quality of our experience. In this spirit, The PRIS Board of Directors (“the Board”) has drawn up some rules to help everyone understand what is acceptable and what is not. As in all PRIS matters, policy is determined by the Board, which is elected by PRIS members.
In an effort to safeguard the Internet environment, PRIS maintains a zero-tolerance policy on network abuse and will take action against member who violates our Acceptable Use Policy. The final decision of what constitutes network abuse rests with the Board
If you have a complaint about someone you believe is in violation of the PRIS Acceptable Use Policy, please send an e-mail to sysop @ pris.ca stating the exact time stamp of the offending material.
MEMBERS WHO VIOLATE THE TERMS OF OUR ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY MAY BE PERMANENTLY BANNED FROM USING PRIS. USING PRIS SERVICES WILL CONSTITUTE ACCEPTANCE OF THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THIS POLICY.
PRIS Acceptable Use Policy
|POLICY||1)||Your use of PRIS Services is subject to the Acceptable Use Policy (“Policy”) described herewith. You should read and interpret this Policy in conjunction with the PRIS Agreement for Use of Internet Services. This document forms an integral part of the PRiS “Agreement for Use of Internet Services”.|
|2)||You, as the holder of the account, are solely responsible for all access, activities conducted, and data flows through your account. Particular care will be required on your part if you operate a wireless Local Area Network. In cases where you have allowed any other individual to use your account or have purposefully or through negligence made your access publicly available, you recognize that you are fully responsible for:
|3)||PRIS may elect to keep logs of all activities, including a log of the originators of all materials posted through PRIS. This information will be used solely to enable PRIS staff to take appropriate action when there are complaints that the Policy has been violated, or as outlined in (4) (below). The use of a ‘handle’ does NOT provide you anonymity from the System Administrator.|
|4)||It is PRIS policy to respect the privacy of its members. PRIS will not disclose the contents of the logs to outside parties unless required to do so by law or in PRIS’s good faith belief that such action is reasonably necessary to:
|5)||While using PRIS, you may not post, transmit, or otherwise distribute information constituting or encouraging conduct that would constitute a criminal offense or give rise to civil liability, or otherwise use PRIS in a manner which is contrary to law, or would serve to restrict or inhibit any other user from using or enjoying PRIS, or the Internet.|
|6)||You may upload software files, text, sounds, graphics or other files or data, or otherwise transmit on or through PRIS only such files or data:
By using the facilities of PRiS for the transmission or storage of any such files or data, you automatically grant — or warrant that the owner of such content has expressly granted — PRIS a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, non-exclusive right and license to adapt, publish, translate, distribute, transmit and display such content (in whole or part).
|7)||In the case of publicly accessible postings such as in Discussion Groups, Newsgroups or Web pages, or in the case of any unsolicited e-mail communications:
For the purposes of this provision, merely making one’s address accessible to the public shall not constitute a request or invitation to receive messages.
|8)||You are not permitted to attempt to access the accounts of others, or to attempt to penetrate security measures of PRIS or other entities’ systems (hacking), whether or not the intrusion results in corruption or loss of data.|
|9)||You may not share, re-sell, sub-lease or in any way transfer use of your Internet connection to any person except as expressedly permitted by PRiS. Application to allow such sharing or reselling must be made in writing to pris @ pris.ca. PRiS generally grants permission to share or resell access under the following conditions:
|1)||You may not forge any message header, in whole or in part, of an electronic transmission originating or passing through the PRIS system, or in any way misrepresent the originator of the message.|
|NO SPAM||2)||You are not permitted to undertake any activity which is generally known as “spamming”. Specifically:
|3)||A message, or message attachement which is identified to contain a virus, or other harmful or disruptive component that could compromise the integrity of a computer system may be intercepted and deleted by PRiS.|
VIRTUAL DOMAINS AND WEB HOSTING
The rental of a Virtual Domain from PRIS means that, for all intents and purposes, you have your own Internet site, and your own address in the Internet world. However, you are still physically located on the PRIS Server, and for legal, logistical, and ethical reasons, we require that you, and your site, conform to all facets of the PRIS Acceptable Use Policy.
PRiS offers members two options:
Does not Accept ODCs – DEFAULT
- Any imposed speed limitations only affect traffic of a streaming nature: All members have unlimited ‘burst’ speeds of 16 seconds before the limitations become effective. This means that any connection that is accessing only traditional ‘non-streaming’ web browsing is effectively exempted from any speed limitations.
- PRiS members who build wireless LAN networks at their locations are reminded to be especially vigilant to ensure that their networks are blocking access by unauthorized parties to their Internet connection. PRiS members are fully responsible for ALL traffic flowing to or from their network through PRiS, regardless of whether they are personally cognizant of that traffic.
- Regular monthly membership fees will not be reduced because of any speed restrictions imposed.
If you are signed up for one of the 3.65 Wireless or Fibre Internet packages, there is a monthly data usage allowance for your service. This monthly usage allowance varies by package (see below). Your usage is the amount of data sent and received to and from the Internet through your PRiS radio. When you exceed the usage allowance in a given billing month, your connection will be throttled on a sliding scale, depending on which package you are signed up for.
|Monthly Usage Allowance||10Gb||30Gb||50Gb|
Our goal is to ensure that each PRiS member receives fair and consistent access to the Internet throughout the day. A small percentage of members are responsible for a disproportionate share of data usage on our network. To minimize the impact that heavier users might have on the experience of other PRiS members, we have implemented a Data Transfer Limit. Our intent with this policy is to affect the fewest members possible while helping maintain the best speeds for the majority of our members.
There are two parts to our Traffic Management Policy.
Congestion Management Policy
To ensure that available bandwidth is evenly distributed, PRiS may use congestion management policies during the hours of 7:00 AM and midnight. Members will, on a minute to minute basis, have their allowable connection speeds reduced to ensure equitable access for all members on a given access point.
Monthly Usage Allowance
Depending on which package you have signed up for, there is a monthly usage allotment of 10, 30 or 50 gigabytes (GB) of data. When our systems detect that a member has used more than their monthly allotment, their connection will be throttled for the remainder of the calendar month. The severity of the throttling will vary depending on the amount of overages the member has incurred, but will not decrease below 64 kilobits per second.