ISP Master Services Agreement
This Master Services Agreement (“Service Agreement” or “MSA”), consisting of these terms and conditions and all other documents referenced herein by and between Southern Ohio Communication Services, Inc. (“SOCS,” “we,” “us,” and “our”) and the individual or entity named on the Confirmation of Sale (“COS”) or DIA Proposal (as defined below) to which this Agreement is attached (“Customer,” “you,” or “your”), sets forth the terms and conditions under which SOCS will make available its Standard Internet Access Service, Dedicated Internet Access Service and related services and components (collectively, the “Service”). This Service Agreement governs both residential and commercial Customers. “Affiliate” means an entity that controls, is controlled by or is under common control with SOCS.
PLEASE READ THIS AGREEMENT CAREFULLY TO ENSURE THAT CUSTOMER UNDERSTANDS EACH PROVISION. THIS AGREEMENT REQUIRES THE USE OF ARBITRATION ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS TO RESOLVE DISPUTES, RATHER THAN JURY TRIALS OR CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS, AND ALSO LIMITS THE REMEDIES AVAILABLE TO CUSTOMER IN THE EVENT OF A DISPUTE.
THIS SERVICE AGREEMENT INCLUDES MANY IMPORTANT TERMS, INCLUDING WARNINGS THAT YOU MAY BE UNABLE TO USE TELEPHONY SERVICE FOR 911 OR OTHER EMERGENCY CALLS UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES, AND LIMITS AND DISCLAIMERS ON SOCS’S LIABILITY. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THESE TERMS, DO NOT USE THE SERVICE.
1. GENERAL OVERVIEW. This Service Agreement governs the following components and services defined under SOCS’s Service. Customer may select from a menu of standard residential or commercial service(s) based on Customer’s needs. Details about the following can be found on SOCS’s website, unless noted otherwise: http://socswireless.com/
(a) Standard Internet access service – Internet broadband access service for residential and commercial Customers
(b) Dedicated Internet Service (“DIA Service”) – Premium Internet broadband access service for high-volume commercial/government/institutional Customers
(d) SOCS Equipment – leased equipment (point-to-point systems)
(e) “Telephony Service” – digital, IP-based phone service SOCS provides for telephone calls http://www.socs.cc
(f) Customer technical/repair support, including support technicians
(g) Camera Systems – email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
(h) Website/Email hosting for commercial customers
2. EQUIPMENT AND REQUIREMENTS FOR PROVISION OF THE SERVICE. Specific terms and conditions that govern a DIA Service Customer’s use of their own equipment or SOCS Equipment are set forth in the DIA Proposal. The section only governs Standard Internet Access Service Customers:
(a) Customer Equipment. To use the Service, Customer must have a personal computer or other device and other equipment meeting SOCS’s most recent “Minimum Customer Equipment Specifications,” which are defined on the SOCS’s website and may be modified from time to time by SOCS. The Minimum Customer Equipment Specifications may change, and SOCS may make reasonable efforts to support previously acceptable configurations; however, SOCS is not obligated to continue to provide such support. Although SOCS is under no obligation to do so, SOCS may, and Customer authorizes SOCS to, perform any updates and/or changes to Customer’s equipment, on-site or remotely, from time to time as SOCS deems necessary, in SOCS’s sole discretion. Customer will direct any questions concerning third-party hardware or software to the manufacturer. SOCS has no responsibility for the operation or support, maintenance or repair of any equipment, software or services that Customer elect to use in connection with the Services. As set forth below and in the Open Internet Policy, Customer is not permitted to connect any harmful equipment to the SOCS Equipment (as defined below). Customer understands that failure to comply with this restriction may cause damage to the SOCS Networks and subject Customer to liability for damages and/or other liability. Customer understands, acknowledges and agrees to not alter, modify or tamper with the SOCS Equipment or the Service, or to permit, encourage or solicit any other person to do the same, unless such person has been authorized to do so by SOCS.
(b) SOCS Equipment. Customer acknowledges that at the time of installation of the Service, the equipment owned and operated by SOCS listed on the COS was installed ( the “SOCS Equipment”) at a location and in a manner authorized by Customer. Customer further acknowledges that the SOCS Equipment may, at SOCS’s sole discretion, be refurbished or otherwise used equipment. Customer agrees that the SOCS Equipment was installed at a location and in a manner authorized by Customer. The SOCS Equipment is and shall remain the property of SOCS, and will be provided to the Customer under the terms set forth in the COS. At such time as Customer or SOCS terminate the Service, Customer will return the SOCS Equipment to SOCS within fifteen (15) calendar days, and in accordance with SOCS’s then-current return procedures. In the event that Customer has not returned the SOCS Equipment as set forth in the previous sentence, or in the event that the SOCS Equipment is damaged or otherwise inoperable, Customer will pay each applicable “Equipment Non-Return Fee” listed in the COS.
(c) Telephony Service Requirements and Availability. Customer must supply certain facilities, such as a phone handset or equivalent, installed phone wiring and jacks, and a powered electrical outlet. Customer is responsible for supplying and ensuring that the facilities Customer supplies are compatible with the Service and meet federal and other applicable standards. Customer represents that Customer either owns Customer’s facilities or has the right to use the facilities in connection with the Telephony Service. SOCS shall have no obligation to provide, maintain, support, or service Customer’s facilities. If Customer’s Internet connection is terminated, suspended, or disconnected for any reason, the Telephony Service will not be available until Customer reestablishes Customer’s Internet connection with SOCS or whichever Internet provider Customer utilizes.
(d) Customer’s Obligation to Maintain Power to SOCS Equipment. Customer understands and agrees that: (i) Customer must provide electrical power and a continuous connection to the power grid to SOCS Equipment at all times (including, without limitation, when Customer is not using the Service), and (ii) Customer’s failure to provide such power and continuous connection may result in damage to the SOCS Equipment or to Customer’s computer, equipment, property or premises, for which damage Customer will be solely responsible.
(e) Replacement and Upgrade of SOCS Equipment (i)For a one-year period after the date of installation, SOCS provides a limited warranty against any defect in materials or workmanship in the SOCS Equipment that is warranted by the manufacturer of such SOCS Equipment. During this one-year period, in the event there is a problem with the SOCS Equipment that is, as determined by SOCS in its sole discretion, not a result of action or inaction on the part of Customer (see below for details), and that cannot be corrected either over the telephone or on-site, SOCS will, as its sole obligation and Customer’s sole remedy for such problem, repair or replace such SOCS Equipment at SOCS’s expense. (ii) SOCS shall have no obligation to repair, replace or otherwise upgrade, any SOCS Equipment that has been, in SOCS’s sole discretion, damaged or otherwise requires repair, replacement or upgrade as a result of damage or disruption caused by misuse or neglect or otherwise caused by Customer, including, without limitation, damage or disruption caused by Customer’s failure to comply with Section 2(e) herein or by Customer’s failure to comply with the last sentence of Section 2(a) herein. Customer understands, acknowledges and agrees that this warranty expressly excludes defects in the SOCS Equipment caused by acts of nature (such as, but not limited to, lightening damage), damage from misuse or neglect, water damage, damage caused by Customer’s failure to comply with Section 2(e) herein or damage or other disruption caused by Customer’s failure to comply with the last sentence of Section 2(a) herein. After the one-year warranty period, Customer will be solely liable for any and all damage to any SOCS Equipment. Customer understands, acknowledges and agrees that SOCS may from time to time require upgrades or replacement of the SOCS Equipment to provide continued quality or service, and Customer will be obligated to pay the then-applicable “Equipment Upgrade Fee” as established by SOCS.
(f) Customer understands, acknowledges and agrees that prior to SOCS servicing any Customer equipment or SOCS Equipment, it is Customer’s responsibility to (i) back-up the data, software, information or other files stored on Customer’s computer or other device including but not limited to disk drives, peripherals, MP3 player, DVD player, camcorder, digital camera and/or on any other electronic storage device; and (ii) remove all videotapes, compact disks, floppy disks, laser disks, cassettes, DVDs, film or other media from Customer’s equipment. Under no circumstances shall SOCS and/or its Operational Service Provider, be liable under any circumstances for any loss, disclosure, alteration or corruption of any data, software, information, files, videotapes, compact disks, floppy disks, laser disks, cassettes, DVDs, film or other media. An Operational Service Provider is a third party-owned company that provides or performs services on SOCS’s behalf, to help serve Customers better, or to perform internal functions that support SOCS’s Service and operations.
3. ACCESS TO CUSTOMER’S PREMISES. Customer hereby grants SOCS and its Affiliates, and each of their respective employees, contractors, representatives, agents, and Operational Service Providers the right to enter Customer’s property and premises at any time for the purpose of operating or maintaining the SOCS Equipment or the SOCS Networks, retrieving SOCS Equipment or fulfilling its obligations or exercising its rights under this Agreement. SOCS shall provide Customer with reasonable advance notice of any such planned access, except when, in the reasonable opinion of SOCS, an emergency or other exigent circumstance exists that would require SOCS to immediately enter Customer’s property and premises.
4. CUSTOMER’S REPRESENTATIONS, RESPONSIBILITIES AND WARRANTIES. If Customer is an individual, Customer represents and warrants that he or she is at least 18 years of age and has legal authority to execute this Agreement. If Customer is a commercial entity, the individual executing this Agreement represents and warrants he or she has legal authority to execute this Service Agreement on behalf of Customer. (a) This Service is personal to Customer and Customer represents and warrants that it will not assign, transfer, resell or sublicense Customer’s rights under this Agreement unless specifically permitted by the terms of this Agreement. (i) For residential Customers, Customer represents and warrants that the Service and the SOCS Equipment shall be used only by Customer and by members of Customer’s immediate household living with Customer at the same address, and Customer will not redistribute or share the Service with any others or transmit the Service over a wireless or other network that is not secured. (ii) For commercial Customers, Customer represents and warrants that the Service and the SOCS Equipment shall be used only by Customer and by authorized members of Customer’s business located at the same address, and Customer will not redistribute or share the Service with any others or transmit the Service over a wireless or other network that is not secured.
(b) Customer represents and warrants that Customer is solely responsible and liable for any and all breaches of the terms and conditions of this Agreement and any other documents incorporated by reference in this Service Agreement, whether such breach results from Customer’s use of the Service or by another person using the Service via Customer’s equipment or SOCS Equipment.
(c) Customer represents and warrants that Customer will not use the Service in a manner that (i) infringes or violates the intellectual property rights or proprietary rights, rights of publicity or privacy, or other rights of any third party; (ii) violates any local, state or federal statute, ordinance or regulation, or this MSA; (iii) is harmful, fraudulent, deceptive, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, or otherwise objectionable; (iv) impersonates any person or entity, including without limitation any officer, employee, agent, representative or Operational Service Provider of SOCS or its Affiliates; or (v) transmits any virus, Trojan horse, worm, time bomb, or other harmful computer code, file, or program.
(d) Customer represents and warrants that the personally identifiable information (“Personal Information”) Customer provided and will provide to SOCS during the term of this Service Agreement, including without limitation Customer’s legal name, email address for communications with SOCS (such email address, as the same may be modified from time to time by Customer upon notice to SOCS, the “Account Email Address”), Service address, billing address, telephone number(s), and payment data (including without limitation information provided when authorizing Automated Clearing House payments or other recurring payments) and Non-Personal Information, such as but not limited to the number of computers on which the Service is being accessed (all such information, collectively, the “Customer Information” for purpose of this Service Agreement is accurate, complete and current.
(e) Customer represents and warrants that there are no legal, contractual or similar restrictions on the installation of the SOCS Equipment in the location(s) and in the manner authorized by Customer and that Customer is responsible for ensuring compliance with all regulations, applicable building codes, zoning ordinances, homeowners’ association rules, covenants, conditions or other restrictions related to the installation of the SOCS Equipment and Service, for paying any fees or other charges and obtaining any permits or authorizations necessary for the installation of the SOCS Equipment and/or provision of the Service (collectively, “Legal Requirements”) and the payment of any fines or similar charges for violation of any applicable Legal Requirements.
(f) Customer represents and warrants that when Customer transmits, uploads, posts, or submits any Customer Material (as defined herein) using the Service, Customer has the legal right to do so and that Customer’s use of such Customer Material does not violate any copyright or trademark laws or any other third party rights. Customer Material collectively includes without limitation any lawful or unlawful software, computer programs, applications, data, photographs, video and/or audio content, text, files, and other information, including emails, address book and web storage content - anything installed by Customer on SOCS’s servers not provided by SOCS .
(b) SOCS does not routinely monitor a Customer’s activity for violation of this Service Agreement and SOCS has no obligation to monitor content transmitted by use of, or other information related in any way to the provision or receipt of, the Service. However, Customer agrees that SOCS has the right to monitor the Service, any and all information or Customer Material transmitted through the Service or by use of the SOCS Equipment, and information available to SOCS regarding Customer’s computer and other equipment in accordance with this Service Agreement. SOCS has the right at all times and without notice to remove, restrict access to or make unavailable any information or content residing on SOCS’s, its Affiliates’ or Operational Service Providers’ servers. SOCS has the right to monitor, review, retain or disclose any content or other information in SOCS’s possession about or related to Customer (including, without limitation, Customer Information), Customer’s use of the Service, or otherwise, as necessary to satisfy any applicable law, or otherwise as SOCS deems necessary or appropriate in SOCS’s sole discretion.
(c) Customer authorizes SOCS to make inquiries and to receive information about Customer’s credit history from others and to utilize such information in its decision regarding its provision of the Service to Customer.
(d) SOCS may require that Customer use a username and password combination or other reasonable procedures to confirm Customer’s identity when requesting or otherwise accessing account information, making changes to the Service or performing other functions related to the Service through SOCS’s authorized Customer service channels. Only Commercial Customers may also choose to designate an authorized user of Customer’s account (an “Authorized User”), who will be permitted to access the Commercial Customer’s account information and make certain changes to Commercial Customer’s account. Commercial Customers will be solely liable for any and all action or inaction by any Authorized User.
6. PASSWORDS. (a) Residential accounts are for individual use only. Commercial accounts are for authorized personnel only.
(b) Residential Customers shall not share passwords or accounts with others. Commercial Customers shall only provide passwords to authorized personnel.
(c) SOCS shall provide or obtain passwords to protect Customer’s account and Services. In the event that the security of a Customer’s account or Service is compromised, SOCS shall provide Customer with a new password.
(d) SOCS may monitor the security of Customer’s passwords at any time. A Customer with an insecure password may be directed to change the password to one which complies with the above rules. Customers who repeatedly choose insecure passwords may be assigned a password by SOCS; continued failure to maintain password security may be grounds for account termination.
7. SYSTEM SECURITY.
(a) Customer is solely responsible for maintaining the security of Customer’s computer(s)/device(s) and data and protection of Customer’s User ID, password and Personal Information and other data.
(b) Customer is prohibited from utilizing the Service to compromise the security or tamper with SOCS’s system resources or accounts on any of SOCS’s computers, routers, switches, servers, radios, modems, or any other equipment at SOCS or at any other website. Use or distribution of tools designed for compromising security is prohibited. Examples of the tools include but are not limited to password guessing programs, cracking tools, and network probing tools. Any attempt to access any of SOCS’s corporate assets is strictly prohibited.
8. ACCEPTABLE USAGE.
(a) SOCS’s Acceptable Use Policy is incorporated into this Agreement by reference and governs the type of acceptable activities associated with the use of the Internet, including but not limited to usage of SOCS’s systems and the SOCS Networks for accessing the World Wide Web, Internet Relay Chat, USENET Newsgroups, Email, and other Internet features. The Acceptable Use Policy also identifies the activities specifically prohibited by SOCS.
9. DIGITAL MILLENNIUM COPYRIGHT ACT. Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”), copyright owners have the right to notify SOCS’s registered designated agent if they believe that a Customer has infringed on their work(s). When SOCS receives a complaint notice from a copyright owner, SOCS will notify the Customer of the alleged infringement by providing Customer a copy of the submitted DMCA notice, to the extent permissible by law. As required by law, SOCS enforces a graduated response policy to complaints that may lead to suspension or termination of service. SOCS’s policy is to terminate the internet services for any Customer receiving 6 or more DMCA notices annually. For information how to contact SOCS’s Designated Agent, please see SOCS’s DMCA Copyright Infringement Notification Policy, available here.
10. PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS OF SERVICE AGREEMENT. Violation of this Agreement may be subject to immediate termination of Customer’s account in addition to any and all criminal and civil penalties available under the law. Typically, Customer will receive a warning on the first offense. However, if the offense is severe enough, SOCS reserves the right to disable and terminate the account immediately. Accounts which have been disabled for abuse will not be re-opened. SOCS also reserves the right to modify and/or disable Service at any such time the Customer violates this Service Agreement.
(a) SOCS will not reimburse Customer when Service has been suspended or disabled due to violations of this Service Agreement.
(b) If Service is disconnected for non-payment, SOCS is not obligated to re-connect Customer’s Service. However, if Customer desires re-connection, and SOCS agrees to do so, Customer agrees to pay a Re-installment Fee plus any amount past due Under customers COS or DOA proposal. The amount of the re-installment fee is set forth on SOCS’s website.
11. SOFTWARE LICENSES AND THIRD PARTY SERVICES.
(a) SOCS may provide software for use in connection with the Service which is owned by SOCS or its third party licensors, third party suppliers, and Operational Service Providers (“Software”). Such Software will be subject to an additional fee. SOCS reserves the right periodically to update, upgrade, or change the Software remotely or otherwise and to make related changes to the settings and software on Customer’s computer(s)/device(s) or Equipment, and Customer agrees to permit such changes and access to Customer’s computer(s)/device(s) and Equipment. Customer may use the Software only in connection with the Service and for no other purpose.
(b) Certain Software may be accompanied by an end user license agreement (“EULA”) from SOCS or a third party. SOCS’s use of the Software is governed by the terms of that EULA and by this Agreement, where applicable. Customer may not install or use any Software that is accompanied by or includes a EULA unless Customer first agrees to the terms of the EULA.
(c) For Software not accompanied by a EULA, Customer is hereby granted a revocable, non-exclusive, non-transferable license by SOCS or its applicable third party licensor(s) or Operational Service Provider to use the Software (and any corrections, updates and upgrades thereto). Customer understands, acknowledges and agrees that the Software is confidential information of SOCS or its third party licensors/Operational Service Providers and that Customer will not disclose or use the Software except as expressly permitted herein. The Software contains copyrighted material, trade secrets, patents, and proprietary information owned by SOCS or its third party licensors/Operational Service Providers. Customer may not copy, de-compile, reverse engineer, disassemble, attempt to discover any source code or underlying ideas or algorithms of the Software, otherwise reduce the Software to a human readable form, modify, rent, lease, loan, use for timesharing or service bureau purposes, reproduce, sublicense or distribute copies of the Software, or otherwise transfer the Software to any third party, or allow, encourage or solicit others to do the same.. Customer may not remove or alter any trademark, trade name, copyright or other proprietary notices, legends, symbols, or labels appearing on or in copies of the Software. Customer is not granted any title or rights of ownership in the Software. Customer acknowledges that this license is not a sale of intellectual property and that SOCS or its third party licensors/Operational Service Providers continue to own all right, title and interest, including but not limited to all copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret, and moral rights, to the Software and related documentation, as well as any corrections, updates and upgrades to it. The Software may be used in the United States only, and any export of the Software is strictly prohibited.
12. CUSTOMER’S PAYMENT OBLIGATIONS FOR STANDARD INTERNET ACCESS SERVICE. Payment obligations for DIA Service Customers will be set forth in the customized DIA Proposal. Customer understands, acknowledges and agrees to pay SOCS through the end of the Initial Term or any Renewal Term in accordance with SOCS’s current billing policies. Failure to fulfill any payment obligations in a timely manner as provided herein will be considered to be a violation of this Service Agreement and Customer’s COS.
13. TELEPHONY SERVICE FEES, TAXES AND OTHER CHARGES. Telephony Service fees, taxes, and other charges may change from time to time. SOCS blocks international phone calls from the United States except those made to Canada. Should a Customer require the ability to place international calls to countries other than Canada, SOCS may open the lines for those specific countries at their discretion. If Customer makes calls to locations outside the United States and Canada, international rates will apply. International calling rates can be found on SOCS’s website http://socswireless.com/. Customer will be charged one dollar and fifty cents ($1.50 US) for each call Customer makes to Directory Assistance.
14. TELEPHONY SERVICE 911 EMERGENCY SERVICES. By acceptance, and use, of the Telephony Service, Customer acknowledges and accepts any limitations of 911/E911 service, and Customer agrees to convey these limitations to all persons who may have occasion to place calls over the Telephony Service. If Customer has any questions about 911/E911, call SOCS at 740-947-2409.
15. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES. (a) CUSTOMER EXPRESSLY AGREES THAT CUSTOMER
USES THE SERVICE AND THE SOCS EQUIPMENT AT CUSTOMER’S SOLE RISK. THE SERVICE AND SOCS EQUIPMENT ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS-IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS AND EXCEPT TO THE LIMITED WARRANTIES SPECIFICALLY SET FORTH IN Sections 2 and 4 HEREIN, IF APPLICABLE, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY WARRANTY OF TITLE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR MERCHANTABILITY. NEITHER SOCS NOR ITS AFFILIATES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, SHAREHOLDERS, REPRESENTATIVES, AGENTS, OPERATIONAL SERVICE PROVIDERS, THIRD PARTY SUPPLIERS OR SOFTWARE LICENSORS WARRANTS: (I) TO UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY OR SECURE USE OF SERVICE; (II) THAT THE SERVICE WILL MEET CUSTOMER’S REQUIREMENTS; (III) THAT THE SERVICE WILL BE ERROR-FREE OR FREE OF ANY VIRUSES, WORMS, SPAM, POP-UP ADVERTISING, SPYWARE, ADWARE OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS, EVEN IF COUNTERMEASURES HAVE BEEN DEPLOYED; OR (IV) THAT ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION, NON PERSONAL INFORMATION, DATA OR FILES CUSTOMER SENDS OR RECEIVES VIA THE SERVICE WILL BE TRANSMITTED IN UNCORRUPTED FORM, WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME, OR FREE FROM UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS BY OTHERS OR THAT OTHER USERS WILL BE UNABLE TO GAIN ACCESS TO CUSTOMER’S COMPUTER OR DEVICE. THIS INCLUDES, BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO, INCIDENTS OF FILE SHARING, PRINT SHARING OR USE OF OTHER MEANS THAT ENABLE INTERNET USERS TO GAIN ACCESS TO CUSTOMER’S COMPUTER, DEVICE, OR NETWORK OR SOCS EQUIPMENT, OR TO MONITOR CUSTOMER’S ACTIVITY AND CONDUCT WHILE USING THE SERVICE. NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY CUSTOMER FROM SOCS SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY MADE HEREIN. SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON THE SCOPE OF A LIMITATION OF WARRANTY OR HOW LONG AN IMPLIED WARRANTY LASTS, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO CUSTOMER.
(b) In addition, SOCS may, in its sole discretion, make available to Customer security software, such as anti-virus software, firewall software, “pop-up” advertising blocking software, parental control software, anti-spyware or anti-adware software for Customer’s use on Customer’s computer system(s) in conjunction with the Service. Any such security software provided by SOCS to Customer is intended to provide only a minimal level of protection to Customer’s computer system(s). CUSTOMER UNDERSTANDS, ACKNOWLEDGES AND AGREES THAT SOCS AND ITS AFFILIATES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, SHAREHOLDERS, REPRESENTATIVES, AGENTS, THIRD-PARTY SUPPLIERS AND LICENSORS OF ANY SUCH SECURITY SOFTWARE, DO NOT GUARANTEE ITS ACCURACY, EFFICACY OR PERFORMANCE. CUSTOMER UNDERSTANDS AND AGREES THAT SOCS AND ITS AFFILIATES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, SHAREHOLDERS, REPRESENTATIVES, AGENTS, THIRD PARTY SUPPLIERS AND LICENSORS ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO CUSTOMER’S COMPUTER SYSTEM(S) (OR THE INFORMATION STORED THEREIN) THAT MAY RESULT FROM USE OF THE SECURITY SOFTWARE OR FROM ITS NONPERFORMANCE.
(c) EXCEPT AS SPECIFICALLY SET FORTH IN THE COS, CUSTOMER UNDERSTANDS AND AGREES THAT NEITHER SOCS NOR ITS AFFILIATES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, SHAREHOLDERS, REPRESENTATIVES, AGENTS, OPERATIONAL SERVICE PROVIDERS OR THIRD PARTY SUPPLIERS AND LICENSORS GUARANTEE THAT ANY PARTICULAR AMOUNT OF BANDWIDTH ON THE SOCS NETWORKS OR THAT ANY SPEED OR THROUGHPUT OF CUSTOMER’S CONNECTION TO THE SOCS NETWORKS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO CUSTOMER. Customer understands, acknowledges and agrees that the availability and speed of the Service provided at Customer’s premises may vary depending upon a number of factors, including Customer’s computer system(s), associated equipment and other devices accessing the Service, the terrain and location of Customer’s premises, foliage between SOCS Equipment and other components of the SOCS Networks, Internet traffic, and other factors such as system capacity limitations, governmental actions, events beyond SOCS’s control and system failures, modifications, upgrades and repairs.
(i) THIS SERVICE AGREEMENT GIVES CUSTOMER SPECIFIC LEGAL RIGHTS, AND CUSTOMER MAY HAVE OTHER RIGHTS WHICH VARY FROM STATE TO STATE.
16. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY. (a) STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS: CUSTOMER MUST BRING ANY CLAIM OR LAWSUIT WITHIN ONE (1) YEAR THE CLAIM OR SUIT ARISES.
(b) TO THE FULLEST EXTENT ALLOWED BY APPLICABLE LAW, IN NO EVENT SHALL SOCS OR ITS AFFILIATES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, SHAREHOLDERS, REPRESENTATIVES, AGENTS, OPERATIONAL SERVICE PROVIDERS, THIRD PARTY LICENSORS OR THIRD PARTY SUPPLIERS, OR EACH OF THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES, OR AGENTS, AND ANY OF THEIR SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS BE LIABLE WITH RESPECT TO THE SERVICE OR THE SUBJECT MATTER OF THIS SERVICE AGREEMENT UNDER ANY CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE, TORT, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHER LEGAL OR EQUITABLE THEORY. SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS HEREIN MAY NOT APPLY TO CUSTOMER. IF ANY PART OF THIS LIMITATION ON LIABILITY IS FOUND TO BE INVALID OR UNENFORCEABLE FOR ANY REASON, THEN THE AGGREGATE LIABILITY OF SOCS UNDER SUCH CIRCUMSTANCES FOR LIABILITIES THAT OTHERWISE WOULD HAVE BEEN LIMITED SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($100.00 US).
(c) DEVELOPING, INSTALLING, OPERATING, PROVIDING, IMPLEMENTING, MAINTAINING, OR PARTICIPATING IN A 911 EMERGENCY TELEPHONE SYSTEM OR SIMILAR EMERGENCY SYSTEM OR E911 SERVICE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION (i) RECEIVING, DEVELOPING, COLLECTING, OR PROCESSING INFORMATION FOR E911 DATABASES, (ii) RELAYING, TRANSFERRING, OPERATING, MAINTAINING, OR PROVIDING 911 OR E911 SERVICES OR SYSTEM CAPABILITIES, OR (iii) PROVIDING EMERGENCY TELEPHONE AND RADIO COMMUNICATIONS FOR AMBULANCE, POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS; (d) ADDITIONALLY, SOCS WILL HAVE NO LIABILITY FOR THE FOLLOWING: (i) FOR ANY AMOUNT IN THE IN EXCESS OF ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($100.00 US); (ii) FOR ANY THIRD-PARTY FEES OR CHARGES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, BANKING FEES, OVERDRAFT FEES, MOBILE PHONE OR OTHER WIRE LINE CHARGES, TECHNICIAN CHARGES, OR OTHER SIMILAR CHARGES; (iii) FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER; (iv) FOR DATA LOSS OR COST OF PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; (v) FOR ANY DAMAGES OR LOSS DUE TO CUSTOMER’S FAILURE TO BACK UP ANY EQUIPMENT AS REQUIRED IN SECTION 2(f) HEREIN; (vi) ANY LACK OR BREACH OF SECURITY CUSTOMER OR ANY OTHER PARTY MAY EXPERIENCE OR BE EXPOSED TO WHILE USING THE SERVICE; (vii) FOR ANY MATTER BEYOND SOCS’S REASONABLE CONTROL; (viii) FOR ANY INTERFERENCE OR INCOMPATIBILITY WITH OR DISRUPTION OF ANY NON-VOICE SYSTEMS, WHETHER CAUSED BY THE TELEPHONY SERVICE, INTERNET SERVICE, EQUIPMENT, OR OTHERWISE; OR (ix) CUSTOMER’S USE OF THE SERVICE FOR OR IN CONNECTION WITH ANY HIGH-RISK OR UNLAWFUL USES, OR ANY USE THAT VIOLATES THIS SERVICE AGREEMENT.
17. AGREEMENT TO ARBITRATE (a) CUSTOMER AND SOCS AGREE TO ARBITRATE ALL DISPUTES AND CLAIMS BETWEEN CUSTOMER AND SOCS. The agreement between Customer and SOCS to arbitrate all disputes and claims between them is intended to be broadly interpreted. It includes, but is not limited to: claims arising out of or relating to any aspect of the relationship between Customer and SOCS, whether based in contract, tort, statute, fraud, misrepresentation or any other legal theory, claims that arose before this or any prior Agreement (including, but not limited to, claims relating to advertising), claims that are currently the subject of purported class action litigation in which Customer is not a member of a certified class and claims that may arise after the termination of this Agreement. For the purposes of this Section, references to Customer include Customer’s subsidiaries, affiliates, agents, employees, predecessors in interest, successors, and assigns, as well as all Authorized Users or unauthorized users or beneficiaries of the Service. CUSTOMER AGREES THAT, BY ENTERING INTO THIS AGREEMENT, CUSTOMER AND SOCS ARE EACH WAIVING THE RIGHT TO A TRIAL BY JURY OR TO PARTICIPATE IN A CLASS ACTION. This Agreement evidences a transaction in interstate commerce, and thus the Federal Arbitration Act governs the interpretation and enforcement of this provision. This arbitration provision shall survive termination of this Agreement.
(a) A party who intends to seek arbitration must first send to the other, by certified mail, a written notice (“Arbitration Notice”). An Arbitration Notice to SOCS must be addressed to SOCS at the address set forth in this Service Agreement for notices. An Arbitration Notice to Customer must be addressed to Customer at Customer’s then-current billing address. The Arbitration Notice must (i) describe the nature and basis of the claim or dispute and (ii) set forth the specific relief sought. If Customer and SOCS do not reach an agreement to resolve the claim within sixty (60) calendar days after the Arbitration Notice is received, Customer or SOCS may commence an arbitration proceeding. During the arbitration, the amount of any settlement offer made by SOCS or Customer shall not be disclosed to the arbitrator until after the arbitrator determines the amount, if any, to which Customer or SOCS is entitled.
(b) The arbitration shall be governed by the Commercial Arbitration Rules and the Supplementary Procedures for Consumer Related Disputes (collectively, “AAA Rules”) of the American Arbitration Association (the “AAA”), as modified by this Agreement, and shall be administered by the AAA. The AAA Rules are available online at www.adr.org, by calling the AAA at 1-800-778-7879 or written request to SOCS. The arbitrator shall be bound by the terms of this Agreement. All issues are for the arbitrator to decide, except that issues relating to the scope and enforceability of the arbitration provision are reserved to the decision of a court of competent jurisdiction. Unless Customer and SOCS agree otherwise, any arbitration hearings shall take place in Pike County, Ohio. The right to a hearing shall be determined by the AAA Rules. Regardless of the manner in which the arbitration is conducted, the arbitrator shall issue a reasoned written decision sufficient to explain the essential findings and conclusions on which the award is based. The party initiating arbitration proceedings shall bear all the arbitration-related costs and expenses of both parties including, without limitation, legal fees and expenses.
(c) The arbitrator may award declaratory or injunctive relief only in favor of the individual party seeking relief and only to the extent necessary to provide relief warranted by that party’s individual claim. CUSTOMER AND SOCS AGREE THAT EACH MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY IN ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING. Further, unless both Customer and SOCS agree otherwise, the arbitrator may not consolidate more than one person’s claims, and may not otherwise preside over any form of a representative or class proceeding. (e) Notwithstanding any provision in this Agreement to the contrary, Customer and SOCS agree that if SOCS makes any future change to this arbitration provision (other than a change to the address to which an Arbitration Notice is to be sent), Customer may reject any such change by sending SOCS written notice within 30 days of the change. By rejecting any future change, Customer agrees that Customer will arbitrate any dispute between Customer and SOCS in accordance with the language of this provision.
18. INDEMNIFICATION. Customer agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless SOCS, its Affiliates, officers, directors, employees, shareholders, representatives, agents, Operational Service Providers, third party licensors and suppliers and their respective members, officers, directors, employees, agents, representatives and contractors, and each of their successors and assigns (collectively, the “SOCS Indemnitees”) from and against all losses, expenses, damages and costs, (including reasonable attorneys' fees) and other claims brought against any SOCS Indemnitee(s) related to Customer’s use of the Service or any violation of this Service Agreement and all other documents incorporated herein by reference) including, but not limited to, claims that Customer’s use of the Service infringed on the patent, copyright, trademark or other intellectual property right of any third party, Customer’s violation of any law or the rights of another and claims resulting from Customer’s negligence. Customer agrees to pay any attorneys’ fees incurred by SOCS and/or any other SOCS Indemnitee in connection with the defense of any such third-party claims. SOCS reserves the right to assume the defense and control of any matter subject to indemnification by Customer, in which event Customer will cooperate with SOCS in asserting any available defenses.
19. TERMINATION OF THE SERVICE. (a) IF CUSTOMER CANCELS THE SERVICE OR ANY ASPECT THEREOF FOR ANY REASON, SOCS SHALL NOT BE REQUIRED TO REFUND CUSTOMER ANY PORTION OF THE MONTHLY FEES PAID BY CUSTOMER FOR THE MONTH IN WHICH CANCELLATION OCCURS, UNLESS REQUIRED OTHERWISE BY STATE LAW.
(b) Customer may terminate the Service at any time by providing SOCS written notice, either via mail to the address set forth in Section 20(h) or email to email@example.com, ten (10) days prior to desired termination date. SOCS may take reasonable steps to verify Customer’s identity and authority before effecting such termination. The full Monthly Payment is due for any part of a month in which Service is provided. Upon termination, Customer agrees to pay any account balance, a “Cancellation fee” as defined in the COS, and to return any SOCS Equipment or pay the Equipment Non-Return Fee as set forth in Section 2(b) herein.
(c) The Service and all Service features are subject to availability on an ongoing basis. Customer understands that SOCS may cease to offer the Service or any Service feature at any time, for any reason or no reason, and without notice to Customer. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, SOCS may suspend, disconnect or terminate the Service at any time without prior notice if SOCS believes in its sole discretion that Customer have (i) failed to pay Customer’s bill when due, (ii) threatened or harassed any SOCS employee, agent or contractor or (iii) violated any other provision of this Service Agreement.
(d) If the Service to Customer is disconnected for any reason or Service is suspended in accordance with this Agreement, SOCS may charge Customer (i) for Service during the period of disconnection or suspension in accordance with applicable federal and state law and (ii) reasonable disconnection and reconnection fees.
(d) In the event that Customer’s account is suspended, disconnected or terminated, no refund, including of fees paid by Customer to SOCS, shall be granted. Moreover, SOCS shall not be responsible for the return of data stored on SOCS’s servers, including web and email servers. Customer agrees that SOCS has no obligation to visit Customer’s home upon termination to reconfigure Customer’s computer(s) or for any other reason.
(e) Sections 3 through 20 herein shall survive any termination or expiration of this Agreement.
20. GENERAL PROVISIONS. (a) This Service Agreement (including all documents incorporated herein by reference) constitutes the entire agreement with respect to the Service. This Service Agreement supersedes and nullifies all prior understandings, promises and undertakings made orally or in writing by or on behalf of the parties with respect to the subject matter of this Agreement.
(b) The Parties agree that any Affiliates, Operational Service Providers, agents, third party suppliers and licensors of SOCS are intended beneficiaries of this Service Agreement. Except as set forth in the previous sentence, this Agreement is not intended to give and does not give any rights or remedies to any person other than Customer and SOCS.
(c) No agency, partnership, joint venture, or employment relationship is created as a result of the Service Agreement and neither party has any authority of any kind to bind the other in any respect.
(d) SOCS shall not be liable for any failure to perform its obligations hereunder where such failure results from any cause beyond SOCS’s reasonable control, including, without limitation, mechanical, electronic or communications failure or degradation (including "line-noise" interference).
(e) This Service Agreement and all matters arising out of or related to this Service Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of Ohio without regard to its conflicts of law provisions. Subject to the agreement between Customer and SOCS with respect to arbitration of any disputes, Customer agrees that the federal and state courts of Ohio alone shall have jurisdiction over all disputes arising under this Service Agreement and Customer consents to the personal jurisdiction of those courts.
(f) SOCS’s failure to exercise or enforce any right or provision of this Service Agreement shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term, covenant, condition or provision of this Service Agreement shall, to any extent, be held invalid, illegal or unenforceable, the remainder of this Service Agreement shall not be affected and each remaining term, covenant, condition and provision shall be valid and enforceable to the fullest extent permitted by law or construed as nearly as possible to reflect the original intentions of the parties.
(g) SOCS may change, amend, alter, or modify this Service Agreement at any time. SOCS may notify Customer of any change either by posting that change on SOCS’s website (http://socswireless.com/) and by sending Customer an email or by U.S. mail. If Customer continues to use the Service after such notice has been made, Customer agrees that such continued use shall be deemed to be Customer’s acceptance of those changes. The current version of this Service Agreement, as the same may be modified by SOCS from time to time, shall supersede any prior version of this Service Agreement that may have been provided to Customer at any time.
(h) Except as specifically set forth in this Service Agreement, any notices under this Agreement shall be effective as follows: (i) If to Customer: notice shall be made by (i) email to Customer’s; (ii) by first-class mail to Customer at Customer’s billing address then on file with SOCS; or (iii) when posted to the Announcements page of SOCS’s website. If by email, such notice shall be deemed effective when transmitted by SOCS. If by first-class mail, such notice shall be deemed effective upon the earlier of (A) three business days after dispatch or (B) at such time as actually received by Customer. (ii) If to SOCS: notice shall be made exclusively by first-class mail to Southern Ohio Communication Services 219 W. Emmitt Ave. Waverly, Ohio, 45690 or such other address as SOCS may from time to time publish to Customer, and such notice shall be deemed effective upon receipt.
(i) Customer may not assign this Agreement, or Customer’s rights or obligations under this Service Agreement, without SOCS’s prior written consent, and any purported assignment by Customer without such consent shall be void. SOCS may transfer or assign any portion or all of this Service Agreement at any time without notice to Customer, and Customer waives any notice that may be required by law (j) Customer and SOCS have executed this Service Agreement by their signatures or, in the case of SOCS, the signature of SOC’s authorized person on the COS or DIA Proposal.
SOCS and Customer understand, acknowledge and agree that this Service Agreement is entered into as of the date set forth on the COS or DIA Proposal.