Network Management Practices Policy Disclosure
Pursuant to the Federal Communications Commissionís newly enacted Open Internet Rules found in Part 8 of Title 47 of the Code of Federal Regulations, the policies of Kennebec Telephone Co., Inc. regarding network management practices, performance characteristics, and commercial terms are provided in entirety so that Providerís current customers, prospective customers, third-party content providers and other interested parties can make informed choices regarding the broadband Internet access services offered by Provider, and the extent Providerís network management practices may affect those services.
Network Management Practices
In the interest of providing the best online experience possible for all of Providerís customers, Provider utilizes reasonable network management practices tailored to achieve legitimate network management purposes. Because bandwidth is a limited resource for broadband Internet service providers, it is essential that Provider reasonably manages its network to promote the use and enjoyment of the Internet by all of Providerís customers. By engaging in reasonable and responsible network management, Provider prevents its customers from being subjected to the negative effects of spam, viruses, security attacks, network congestion, and other risks that threaten to degrade service. The network management practices employed by Provider are consistent with industry standards.
Provider does not employ any congestion management tools, practices and/or software on network traffic.
Provider does not make use of any application-specific network management practices. Provider does not favor, modify, inhibit, rate control or block any specific protocols, protocol ports or fields, or any applications or classes of applications.
Device Attachment Rules
In order for a device to be approved for use on the Providerís network, the device must conform to publicly available industry standards and be non-harmful to Providerís network.
Provider offers its customers unrestricted access to all of the lawful content, services, and applications available on the Internet. Provider uses industry standard tools and generally accepted best practices and policies to protect our customers from spam, phishing, and other unwanted or harmful online content and activities. In the instances where these tools and policies identify online content as harmful or unwanted, the content may be prevented from reaching customers, or customers may be permitted to identify or inspect content to determine if it is harmful or unwanted.
Provider offers broadband Internet access service via Digital Subscriber Line. ďDSLĒ and Fiber-to-the-home (ďFTTHĒ) is a wireline transmission technology that transmits data faster over traditional copper telephone lines already installed to homes and businesses. FTTH utilizes fiber optic cable to deliver telephone, data and video services. Fiber optic cables have the capacity for an indefinite amount of data and will allow subscribers to receive better quality voice, data and video services in their homes.
The advertised speed of Providerís Internet service is the maximum speed achievable with the technology utilized by Provider. While the maximum advertised speed is attainable for end users, several factors may affect the actual speed of Providerís Internet service offerings, including, but not limited to: the distance of the consumerís home or office from Providerís central office (i.e., the further away the customer is from the central office, the slower the broadband speed), the end userís computer, modem or router, activity during peak usage periods, and other Internet traffic.
The actual speeds achieved with Providerís Internet service offering make Providerís Internet service suitable for real-time applications, such as Voice over Internet Protocol (ďVoIPĒ).
Provider does not offer any specialized services
In order to meet the usage and budgetary needs of all of our customers, Provider offers a wide selection of broadband Internet access plan options, including promotional offerings, bundled service choices, and ala carte alternatives.
To see Providerís current promotions and pricing on broadband Internet access service, please visit our website www.kennebectelephone.com or call (605) 869-2220 to speak with a customer service representative.
Providerís Internet service is priced on a flat-fee basis (plus taxes). Provider does not charge end users a usage-based fee for Internet service.
The various network management tools and techniques utilized by Provider do not monitor, inspect or store the network activity and traffic of its Internet service users. Further, as part of its network management practices, Provider does not distribute information on network activity and/or traffic to any third party, or use network traffic information for any non-network management purpose. Provider affords full access to all lawful content, services and applications available on the Internet and does not routinely monitor, inspect or store the network activity and traffic of its Internet service users. However, Provider reserves the right to monitor bandwidth, usage, transmissions and content for purposes of protecting the integrity of the network and Providerís Internet access service through reasonable network management practices.
Provider may collect equipment information to identify the equipment customer is using on the network, including, but not limited to: equipment type, serial number, settings, configuration and software. Provider may also collect performance information to examine the operation of the equipment, services and applications the customer may use on the network, including, but not limited to: IP addresses, URLs, data transmission rates and latencies, location information, security characteristics, and information about the amount of bandwidth and other network resources customer is using in connections with uploading, downloading or streaming data to and from the Internet.
If you have any questions regarding Providerís Network Management Practices Policy or would like to file a complaint with Provider regarding its network management practices, please contact Provider at:
Kennebec Telephone Co., Inc.
PO Box 158
Further, if you believe that Provider is in violation of the FCCís Open Internet Rules, you may file either an informal or formal complaint with the FCC.
The Open Internet Rules, as adopted, and Providerís Network Management Practices Policy are not intended to affect, alter or otherwise supersede the legal status of cooperative efforts by broadband Internet access service providers and other service providers that are designed to curtail infringement in response to information provided by rights holders in a manner that is timely, effective, and accommodates the legitimate interests of providers, rights holders, and end users.
Furthermore, the Open Internet Rules, as adopted, and Providerís Network Management Practices Policy do not prohibit Provider from making reasonable efforts to address the transfer of unlawful content or unlawful transfers of content.
For additional information, please review Providerís Acceptable Internet Use Policy/Subscriber Agreement at: www.kennebectelephone.com