Acceptable Use Policy


AT Secure Net is committed to and supports the free flow of information and ideas over the Internet. However, AT Secure Net also supports the right to have a choice to choose an access that guards objectionable material. AT Secure Net offers this type of access with the following understanding. No filtering system can block every objectionable website.   AT Secure Net is no exception.  We believe that our system provides the most up-to-date protection of any product or service available.   However, we provide no guarantees that we will find all negative content immediately after it is published to the Internet In addition, not everyone will like the choices that AT Secure Net Online blocks.  Obviously, the problem doesn't occur with sites that contain explicit pornographic material -- they are always blocked.  Rather, it is with sites that contain material or images that some people believe children should see and other people believe children should not see.   AT Secure Net Online encourages comments and carefully considers its subscribers' concerns about all sites, but AT Secure Net makes all final decisions about what is accessed on AT Secure Net services.

Below is a list that describes how our filtering system determines what to filter out.

The absence of clothing or exposing any and all parts of the human genitalia. Exceptions: "Classical" nudity, e.g., (Michelangelo).

Adult Content:
Any material that has been publicly labeled as being strictly for adults.

Descriptions (verbal) or depictions (graphic) of all sexual acts and any erotic material.

Graphic depictions of all graphically violent acts including murder, rape, torture and/or serious injury.

Drug Use:
Usage or encouraging usage of any recreational drugs, including tobacco and alcohol advertising. Exceptions: material with valid educational use (e.g. drug abuse statistics).

Bad Language:
Crude or vulgar language or gestures.

Denigration of others' race, religion, gender, nationality and/or sexual orientation.

Encouragement of, tools for, or advice on carrying out universally criminal acts. This includes lock-picking, bomb-making and hacking information.

asteless humor, graphic medical photos outside of medical context and some extreme forms of body modification (cutting, branding, genital piercing).

Chat Rooms/ Usegroups:

Currently, AT Secure Net is not filtering out Chat lines or Usegroups. We educate users on how to use them properly, (and how to avoid the unmonitored chat rooms), as well as providing lists of monitored and filtered Chat rooms. We find a great deal of value in many chat rooms (ex: discussing medical issues, etc.), as well as danger in others. Training our Users on how to navigate away from this untamed territory is half the battle. To filter out these areas see our sales staff on add-on packages that will provide this feature. Since we are at the forefront in new technologies, we will provide solutions to Chat Room filtering as the appropriate technology becomes available.

As for any Informational Web Page Links associated with the AT Secure Net Web Page, AT Secure Net is not responsible for, nor do we have any editorial control over these web sites. Nor does ATSN exercise editorial control over Web Sites published on ATSN access, the content of any web site, electronic mail transmission, mailing list, news group or other material created or accessible over AT Secure Net services. However, AT Secure Net reserves the right to remove any materials that AT Secure Net does become aware of that are, in AT Secure Net's sole discretion, potentially illegal, could subject AT Secure Net to liability, or violate this Acceptable Use Policy ("Policy"). Your violating this Policy may result in the suspension or cancellation of your AT Secure Net services. You should read and interpret this Policy in conjunction with the AT Secure Net Internet Access Agreement.

2. Policies

The following are violations of AT Secure Net's acceptable use policies:

2.1. Using a personal account for high volume or commercial use. If you would like to receive high-volume or commercial services, please contact us at 872-1100 or online at Activities which are prohibited as high volume include, but are not limited to:

2.1.1. Any mailbox exceeding 5MB at any given time. AT Secure Net reserves the right to delete the temporary file from the server.

2.1.2. Exceeding 6MB of disk space for Free Web sites. Any Free Web site exceeding 6MB will be suspended until the customer brings the disk space usage under 6MB.

2.1.3. Excessive Online Usage Exceeding 50MB of traffic to your Personal Home Page in a one month period. Subscribers will not remain connected to the service for exceptionally long periods of time. How much time is too much will be determined at the sole discretion of AT Secure Net. AT Secure Nets individual dial-up accounts are not unlimited access, but are defined as unmetered "interactive" access.  A subscriber continuously and "interactively" using the service will not be limited to an arbitrary amount of time, but this is not meant to convey a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week connection.   All accounts have a fifteen minute idle-timeout feature that clears the line for "active" users when any subscriber is NOT "actively" online.   This is intended to provide network efficiency for the good of all, and subscribers are not allowed to circumvent this feature.  Attempting to keep the connection alive by robotic or other automated means, or leaving a computer connected to allow other persons to log on to your computer as a server is a violation of this agreement and will cause immediate termination.  In addition, some users with exceptionally heavy usage may be asked to moderate usage, switch to a dedicated account, or leave the service. Any Free Web site exceeding 50MB of traffic will be billed for the excess traffic.

2.2. Using AT Secure Net services for illegal purposes or in support of illegal activities. In accordance with Section 5.2.1 of the Internet Access Agreement, AT Secure Net reserves the right to cooperate with legal authorities and/or injured third parties in the investigation of any suspected crime or civil wrong. Activities which are prohibited as potentially illegal include, but are not limited to:

2.2.1. Unauthorized copying of copyrighted material including, but not limited to, digitization and distribution of photographs from magazines, books, or other copyrighted sources, and copyrighted software.

2.2.2. Exporting software or technical information in violation of U.S. export control laws.

2.2.3. Posting or emailing of scams such as 'make-money-fast' schemes or 'pyramid/chain'letters.

2.2.4. Threatening bodily harm or property damage to individuals or groups.

2.2.5. Making fraudulent offers of products, items, or services originating from your account.

2.2.6. Attempting to access the accounts of others, or attempting to penetrate security measures of AT Secure Net's or other entities' systems ("hacking"), whether or not the intrusion results in corruption or loss of data.

2.3. Harassing others by 'mail-bombing' or 'news-bombing'. 'Mail-bombing' constitutes sending more than ten (10) similar mail messages to the same email address. 'News bombing' constitutes sending more than 10Mb of data to a newsgroup.

2.3.1. Sending unsolicited email messages where the recipient objects to the content of the message or to the receipt of the message in general is also prohibited under this Section. Member acknowledges that he/she/it is expressly prohibited from utilizing AT Secure Net service, AT Secure Net equipment or any AT Secure Net electronic mail address in connection with the sending of the same or substantially similar unsolicited electronic mail message, whether commercial or not, to a large number of recipients. This prohibition extends to the sending of unsolicited mass mailings from another service which in any way implicates the use of AT Secure Net's service, AT Secure Net's equipment or any AT Secure Net's electronic mail address. A message is unsolicited if it is posted in violation of a USENET or newsgroup charter and /or if it is sent to a recipient who has not requested or invited the message. For purposes of this provision, merely making one's e-mail address accessible to the public shall not constitute a request or invitation to receive messages. Member specifically agrees that he/she/it will not utilize the AT Secure Net service, AT Secure Net equipment or any AT Secure Net electronic mail address in connection with the transmission of the same or substantially similar unsolicited message to 50 or more recipients or 15 or more newsgroups in a single day. For each day upon which this provision is violated, Member agrees to pay AT Secure Net $10.00 per day for an unintentional violation of this provision, but where warranted, such as in the case of an accidental transmission, AT Secure Net may waive all or part of the applicable charge. In cases of willful violations of this provision, Member agrees to pay AT Secure Net $200.00 per day. AT Secure Net at its sole discretion shall determine whether such a violation was unintentional or willful. Payment by member under this provision shall not prevent AT Secure Net from seeking to obtain other legal remedies against member, including other damages or an injunction.

2.4. Revealing your account password to others or allowing use of your account by others (other than authorized users in your household).

2.5. Forging any message header, in part or whole, of any electronic transmission, originating or passing through AT Secure Net services.

2.6. Distributing viruses to or from AT Secure Net systems.

2.7. Use of software or any device that would allow your account to stay logged on while you are not actively using AT Secure Net services or use the account for the purpose of operating a server of any type.

2.8. Cross-posting advertisements for products, items, or services to ten (10) or more unrelated USENET newsgroups.

2.9. Posting articles to any USENET or other newsgroup, mailing list or similar forum which are off-topic according to the charter or other public statement of the forum.

2.10. Disrupting any newsgroup with excessively vulgar, or repetitious postings.

2.11. Posting of binary, or excessively large, unrelated text files to non-binary news groups that have specifically requested such material not be posted in the group's FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions).

2.12. Installation of 'auto-responders', 'cancel-bots' or similar automated or manual routines which generate excessive amounts of net traffic, or disrupt net newsgroups or email use by others.

2.13. Engaging in any of the above activities using the service of another provider but channeling such activities through an AT Secure Net account or re-mailer, or using an AT Secure Net account as a mail drop for responses.

3. AT Secure Net Assumes No Liability

AT Secure Net has very limited practical ability to restrict all conduct, communications or content which might violate this Policy prior to its transmission on AT Secure Net's systems, nor can AT Secure Net ensure prompt removal of any such communications or content after transmission or posting. Accordingly, AT Secure Net does not assume liability to subscribers or others for any failure to enforce the terms of this Policy.

4. Revisions to this Policy

AT Secure Net reserves the right to modify this Policy at any time upon at least thirty (30) days prior notice. Notice of modifications to this Policy may be given to subscribers by posting such changes to the AT Secure Net homepage (, by electronic mail, or by conventional mail.


Network Abuse Policy

Along with access to various features and services, Secure Net membership includes the basic responsibility of being a good netizen and following the rules of the road -- in this case, the Information Superhighway. Members are expected to exercise good netiquette in order to maintain a safe and peaceful online environment.

In an effort to maintain this environment, Secure Net maintains a zero-tolerance policy on network abuse and takes immediate action against anyone who abuses their account privileges at the expense and inconvenience of other users. One of the most common forms of network abuse is "spamming," which can constitute many different activities. Every Internet user must understand that when sending email, the recipient must have already requested the material prior to the email being sent.

Some examples of what would be considered spamming include:

Secure Net encourages its members to learn more about network abuse and the company's policies on the subject. Information on policies and agreements are enclosed.

In the event that you fall victim to network abuse, or any violation of Secure Net policies, to report an instance of fraud, illegal activities, or a security issue, send your complaint to