Commercial Service Agreement
TERMS OF SERVICE APPLICABLE TO ANY AND ALL SERVICE(S):
Customer, identified in the Service Order (defined in paragraph 1 below), understands and agrees that this Commercial Service Agreement, together with the Annex and any applicable tariff, (collectively, the "Agreement") applies to each and every communication service provided to Customer by Suddenlink Communications and any affiliate of Suddenlink Communications that to the extent such affiliate provides Services to you under this Agreement ("Suddenlink") ("Service(s)"), which may include, without limitation, cable television service ("Video Service"), high speed data service ("High Speed Internet Service"), voice service ("Phone Service") and related equipment ("Equipment"). This Commercial Service Agreement, along with the Annex, each as may be updated from time to time, can be found on our website at www.suddenlink.com.
1. Agreement. This Agreement shall be effective upon execution by the parties, and Services shall be provided for the Term (as defined in Section 5 below). Customer agrees to be bound to this Agreement by: (i) executing a copy of the Commercial Service Order presented to Customer at the time of installation ("Service Order"), (ii) ordering a Service, or (iii) using one or more Services at Customer's location. Suddenlink may, in its sole discretion, change, modify, add or remove portions of this Agreement at any time by giving Customer notice in accordance with this Agreement. Customer's continued use of the Services following such notice shall be deemed as Customer's acceptance to any revision in this Agreement. If Customer does not agree to the revised Agreement, Customer must immediately notify Suddenlink of Customer's intent to terminate Service and return all Equipment.
2. Services and Use. Suddenlink shall use reasonable efforts to make the Services available by any requested service date. Suddenlink shall not be liable for any damages whatsoever resulting from delays in meeting any service dates due to delays resulting from construction or for reasons beyond its control. The parties acknowledge and agree that, except for Web hosting, if applicable, and as otherwise set forth in the Commercial Services Order, Customer may only use the Services for its own commercial purposes and not that of any third party, and Customer shall not resell the Services. Customer shall be responsible for any software and content displayed and distributed by Customer or Customer's web hosting customers, if any. Unless otherwise expressly set forth in the Commercial Service Order, Customer acknowledges that pay per view events and premium video and audio services may not be available, and, if provided, may be subject to additional charges beyond the base rate. Suddenlink shall provide Customer with the Services and Equipment identified on Customer's Commercial Service Order; provided, however, if Suddenlink determines that Customer's location is not serviceable under Suddenlink's normal installation guidelines, Suddenlink may terminate this Agreement. Unless provided otherwise herein, Suddenlink shall use reasonable efforts to maintain the Services in accordance with applicable performance standards, however, Suddenlink shall have no responsibility for the maintenance or repair of networks, facilities and equipment not furnished by Suddenlink.
3. Payment. Customer shall pay all monthly service charges, plus non-recurring, one-time set-up, installation and/or construction charges as set forth on the Commercial Service Order. Unless stated otherwise on the Commercial Service Order, Monthly Recurring Charges/Access Charges ("MRCs") for Services shall begin upon, and Non Recurring Charge/One-time Activation and Set-up Fees ("NRCs") if any shall be due upon, the commencement of Services. Any amount not received by the due date will be subject to additional fees as set forth below. If applicable to the Service, Customer shall pay sales, use, gross receipts, excise, access, universal service fund assessments, 911 fees, franchise fees, bypass or other local, state and Federal taxes or charges imposed on the use of the Services. Taxes will be separately stated on the Customer's invoice. Unpaid balances shall be subject to interest or late charges at the maximum rate allowed by law. Failure to pay the total balance when due may be grounds for Suddenlink to impose an administrative fee ("Administrative Fee") in accordance with applicable law. Any Administrative Fee imposed on Customer is intended to be a reasonable advance estimate of costs of managing past due accounts. Suddenlink does not extend credit to Suddenlink's customers and the Administrative Fee is not interest, a credit service charge or a finance charge. Failure to receive a bill does not release Customer from Customer's obligation to pay. Failure to pay the total balance when due shall constitute a breach of this Agreement and may be grounds for termination of Service upon written notice to Customer if Customer has failed to correct such non-payment default within ten (10) days of written notice from Suddenlink, removal of Equipment from Customer's premises and/or imposition of an Administrative fee in accordance with applicable law.
4. Additional Fees. In addition to MRCs, NRCs, late charges, interest, and any Administrative Fee, additional fees may be imposed, including fees for returned checks, charge card chargeback, early termination, reconnection and service calls. Additional charges, including attorney fees, may also be imposed if collection activities are required to recover past due balances. A list of fees is available on Suddenlink's website (www.suddenlink.com) ("Schedule of Fees"). Suddenlink reserves the right to amend or change the Schedule of Fees from time to time by posting the changes on Suddenlink's website.
5. Term, Early Termination. The term of the Service Order shall commence on the date that any Service commences and shall terminate upon the expiration or earlier termination of the term set forth on the Service Order (the “Term”). If a Service Order does not specify a term, the Term shall be one (1) year from the date that any Service commences. Upon the expiration of the Term, each Service Order(s) shall automatically renew for successive periods of one (1) year each ("Renewal Term(s)"), unless prior notice of non-renewal is delivered by either party to the other at least thirty (30) days before the expiration of the Service Term or the then current Renewal Term. Effective at any time after the end of the Term and from time to time therein, Suddenlink may, modify the charges for HSI and/or Video Services to reflect then-current prevailing pricing subject to thirty (30) days prior notice. Customer will have thirty (30) days from receipt of such notice to cancel the applicable Service without further liability. Should Customer fail to cancel within this timeframe, Customer will be deemed to have accepted the modified Service pricing for the remainder of the Renewal Term. If Customer cancels, terminates or downgrades the Service before the completion of the Term, or prior to the term of any promotional offer, Customer agrees to pay Suddenlink all sums, which shall become due and owing as of the effective date of the cancellation or termination, including: (i) all non-recurring charges reasonably expended by Suddenlink to establish service to Customer and not remunerated, (ii) any disconnection, early cancellation or termination charges reasonably incurred and paid by Suddenlink to third parties on behalf of Customer, and (iii) all recurring charges for the remaining balance of the Term or term of the promotional offer.
6. Disputed Charges. Customer must notify Suddenlink in writing of billing errors disputes or requests for credit within thirty (30) days after Customer receives the bill for which correction of an error or credit is sought. The date of the dispute shall be the date Suddenlink receives sufficient documentation to enable Suddenlink to investigate the dispute. The date of the resolution is the date Suddenlink completes its investigation and notifies the Customer of the disposition of the dispute.
7. Default. If Customer fails to comply with any material provision of this Agreement, including, but not limited to failure to make payment as specified, then Suddenlink, at its sole option, may elect to pursue one or more of the following courses of action upon proper notice to Customer as required by applicable law: (i) terminate service whereupon all sums then due and payable shall become immediately due and payable, (ii) suspend all or any part of Services, and/or (iii) pursue any other remedies, including reasonable attorneys' fees, as may be provided at law or in equity, including the applicable termination liabilities.
8. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY. EXCEPT FOR ANY REFUNDS OR CREDITS AS EXPRESSLY PROVIDED IN THIS AGREEMENT, SUDDENLINK, ITS OFFICERS, SHAREHOLDERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AFFILIATES, VENDORS, CARRIER PARTNERS, CONTENT PROVIDERS AND OTHER PERSONS OR ENTITIES INVOLVED IN PROVIDING THE SERVICES OR EQUIPMENT (COLLECTIVELY, THE "SUDDENLINK PARTIES") SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS, DAMAGE, COST OR EXPENSE INCLUDING DIRECT, SPECIAL, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, TREBLE, PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY OR CONSEQUENTIAL LOSSES OR DAMAGES INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, LOSS OF PROFITS, EARNINGS, BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES, LOSS OF DATA, PERSONAL INJURY (INCLUDING DEATH), PROPERTY DAMAGE OR LEGAL FEES AND EXPENSES, SOUGHT BY CUSTOMER OR ANYONE ELSE USING CUSTOMER’S SERVICE ACCOUNT, AND/OR USE OF THE EQUIPMENT OR OTHERWISE ARISING IN CONNECTION WITH THE INSTALLATION, MAINTENANCE, FAILURE, REMOVAL OR USE OF SERVICES AND/OR EQUIPMENT OR CUSTOMER"S RELIANCE ON THE SERVICES AND/OR EQUIPMENT, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY LIABILITY THAT ARISES DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY OUT OF THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE SERVICES (INCLUDING THE INABILITY TO ACCESS EMERGENCY 911 OR E911 SERVICES), MISTAKES, OMISSIONS, INTERRUPTIONS, FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION, DELETION OR CORRUPTION OF FILES, WORK STOPPAGE, ERRORS, DEFECTS, DELAYS IN OPERATION, DELAYS IN INSTALLATION, FAILURE TO MAINTAIN PROPER STANDARDS OF OPERATION, FAILURE TO EXERCISE REASONABLE SUPERVISION, DELAYS IN TRANSMISSION, BREACH OF WARRANTY OR FAILURE OF PERFORMANCE OF THE SERVICES AND/OR EQUIPMENT; OR RESULTING DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY OUT OF, OR OTHERWISE ARISING IN CONNECTION WITH, ANY ALLEGATION, CLAIM, SUIT OR OTHER PROCEEDING RELATING TO SERVICES AND/OR EQUIPMENT, OR THE INFRINGEMENT OF THE COPYRIGHT, PATENT, TRADEMARK , TRADE SECRET, CONFIDENTIALITY, PRIVACY, OR OTHER INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS OR CONTRACTUAL RIGHTS OF ANY THIRD PARTY. SUDDENLINK"S MAXIMUM LIABILITY TO CUSTOMER ARISING UNDER THIS AGREEMENT SHALL BE THE LESSER OF $5,000.00 OR THE AMOUNT ACTUALLY PAID BY CUSTOMER FOR SERVICES HEREUNDER FOR THE RESPECTIVE REGULAR BILLING PERIOD.
9. WARRANTIES. CUSTOMER AGREES THAT THE SERVICES AND EQUIPMENT ARE PROVIDED BY SUDDENLINK ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXCEPT AS PROVIDED HEREIN, THERE ARE NO AGREEMENTS, WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, EITHER IN FACT OR BY OPERATION OF LAW, STATUTORY OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING WARRANTIES OF TITLE, NON-INFRINGEMENT MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, RELATING TO THE SERVICES. SERVICES PROVIDED ARE A BEST EFFORTS SERVICE AND SUDDENLINK DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE SERVICES, EQUIPMENT OR SOFTWARE SHALL BE ERROR-FREE OR WITHOUT INTERRUPTION. SUDDENLINK MAKES NO WARRANTY AS TO TRANSMISSION OR UPSTREAM OR DOWNSTREAM SPEEDS OF THE NETWORK. ALL USE OF THE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED AT CUSTOMER'S SOLE RISK AND CUSTOMER ASSUMES TOTAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR CUSTOMER'S OR ANY USER'S USE OF THE SERVICES. THE SUDDENLINK PARTIES MAKE NO WARRANTIES THAT THE SERVICE, EQUIPMENT OR SOFTWARE ARE COMPATIBLE WITH ANY CUSTOMER EQUIPMENT AND ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS OR IMPAIRMENT OF SERVICE DUE IN WHOLE OR IN PART TO CUSTOMER EQUIPMENT. THE SUDDENLINK PARTIES MAKE NO WARRANTY AS TO THE SECURITY OF CUSTOMER'S COMMUNICATIONS VIA SUDDENLINK'S FACILITIES OR SERVICES, OR THAT THIRD PARTIES WILL NOT GAIN UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR MONITOR CUSTOMER'S COMMUNICATIONS. CUSTOMER AGREES THAT CUSTOMER HAS THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY TO SECURE CUSTOMER'S COMMUNICATIONS AND THAT THE SUDDENLINK PARTIES WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS ASSOCIATED WITH SUCH UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS.
10. Indemnity. Customer shall indemnify and hold Suddenlink and its respective affiliates, subcontractors, employees or agents harmless (including payment of reasonable attorneys fees) from and against any claim, actions or demands relating to or arising out of or related in any way to Customer's use of the Service, any other person's use of the Customer's account, the placement or presence or removal of Suddenlink's Equipment, facilities and associated wiring on Customer's premises including without limitation (i) any content or software displayed, distributed or otherwise disseminated by the Customer, its employees, or users of the Services, (ii) any claim that Customer’s use of the Service including the registration and maintenance of Customer's selected domain name(s), infringes on the patent, copyright, trademark or other intellectual property right of any third party; (iii) any malicious act or act in violation of any laws committed by Customer, its employees or users using the Services; and/or (iv) violation by Customer, its employees or authorized users of Suddenlink’s Acceptable Use Policy (“AUP”).
11. Miscellaneous. The Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between Suddenlink and Customer for the Services and equipment provided herein. The invalidity or unenforceability of any term or condition of this Agreement shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. This Agreement may be modified, waived or amended only by a written instrument signed by the parties; provided however, that Suddenlink may modify this Agreement and the AUP and if Customer continues to use the Service, Customer shall be bound by such modifications. The rights and obligations of the parties under this Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of New York. The failure by either party to exercise one or more rights provided in this Agreement shall not be deemed a waiver of the right to exercise such right in the future. Notices required by this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be delivered either by personal delivery or by mail. If delivered by mail, notices shall be sent by any overnight mail service with proof of receipt; or by certified or registered mail, return receipt requested; with all postage and charges prepaid. All notices and other written communications under this Agreement shall be addressed to the parties at the addresses on the first page of this Agreement, or as specified by subsequent written notice delivered by the party whose address has changed. Suddenlink may also deliver any required or desired notice hereunder to Customer by contacting the telephone number on Customer's account. All representations, warranties, indemnifications, dispute resolution provisions and limitations of liability contained in this Agreement shall survive the termination of this Agreement, as well as any other obligations of the parties hereunder which, by their terms, would be expected to survive such termination or which relate to the period prior to termination (including legal conditions, payment, and Suddenlink rights and the rights of others).
12. Regulatory Authority-Force Majeure. This Agreement and the obligations of the parties shall be subject to modification to comply with all applicable laws, regulations, court rulings, and administrative orders, as amended. In no event shall either party have any claim against the other for failure of performance if such failure is caused by acts of God, natural disasters including fire, flood, or winds, civil or military action, including riots, civil insurrections or acts of terrorists or the taking of property by condemnation. Suddenlink may, in its sole discretion, immediately terminate this Agreement, in whole or in part, in the event there is a material change in any law, rule, regulation, Force Majeure event, or judgment of any court or government agency, and that change affects Suddenlink's ability to perform its obligations under this Agreement.
13. ARBITRATION. CUSTOMER AND SUDDENLINK AGREE THAT ANY CLAIM, DISPUTE OR CONTROVERSY ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT INCLUDING ANY OF ITS COMPONENTS, THE SERVICES OR EQUIPMENT PROVIDED BY SUDDENLINK OR ANY ORAL OR WRITTEN STATEMENTS, ADVERTISEMENTS OR PROMOTIONS RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT OR TO THE SERVICES OR EQUIPMENT (COLLECTIVELY, "CLAIM") SHALL BE RESOLVED THROUGH ARBITRATION. ALL ARBITRATION SHALL BE INITIATED AND CONDUCTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION RULES AND MEDIATION PROCEDURES OF THE AMERICAN ARBITRATION ASSOCIATION ("AAA"). THE AAA SHALL APPOINT THE ARBITRATOR. ARBITRATION MUST BE INITIATED BY CUSTOMER WITHIN ONE (1) YEAR OF THE DATE OF THE OCCURRENCE OF THE EVENT OR FACTS GIVING RISE TO THE DISPUTE (EXCEPT FOR BILLING DISPUTES WHICH MUST BE INITIATED WITHIN THIRTY (30) DAYS). CUSTOMER WAIVES ANY CLAIM NOT FILED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PREVIOUS SENTENCE. THE PARTY INITIATING ARBITRATION SHALL GIVE NOTICE TO THE OTHER PARTY BY MAILING A COPY OF THE REQUEST FOR ARBITRATION TO THE OTHER PARTY AT THE ADDRESSES ON THE SERVICE ORDER. ALL PARTIES TO THE ARBITRATION MUST BE INDIVIDUALLY NAMED AND THERE SHALL BE NO RIGHT OR AUTHORITY FOR ANY CLAIMS TO BE ARBITRATED ON A CLASS ACTION OR CONSOLIDATED BASIS OR THROUGH A REPRESENTATIVE, UNLESS APPLICABLE STATE LAW MANDATES OTHERWISE. ARBITRATION OF CLAIMS WILL BE CONDUCTED IN SUCH FORUM AND PURSUANT TO SUCH LAWS AND RULES RELATED TO COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK THAT ARE IN EFFECT ON THE DATE OF THE NOTICE TO ARBITRATE.
14. Assignment. Customer may not assign, in whole or in part, this Agreement without the prior written consent of Suddenlink, which consent may be withheld in Suddenlink's discretion. Suddenlink may assign, in whole or in part, this Agreement, and Service may be provided by one or more legally authorized Suddenlink affiliates.
Commercial Service Agreement - Annex
This Annex is part of the Agreement and applies to the applicable Services used by the Customer. Sections 1-9 shall apply generally to all Services. Sections 10-16 shall apply specifically to Video Service, Sections 17-38 shall apply to High Speed Internet Service and Sections 39-43 shall apply to Phone Service.
1. Access to Customer Premises. Customer grants Suddenlink and its employees, representatives and/or agents the right to enter Customer's premises and access Equipment, the wiring within Customer's premises and Customer's computer(s) to install, connect, inspect, maintain, repair, replace, disconnect, remove or alter the Equipment, check for signal leakage, or install or deliver Suddenlink provided software ("Software"). Customer shall cooperate in providing such access upon request of Suddenlink. If Customer is not the legal owner of the premises, Customer warrants that Customer has obtained or possesses the legal authority of the owner to authorize Suddenlink personnel and/or its agents to enter the premises for the purposes described herein.
2. Creditworthiness and Security Deposits. At any time during the Term, Customer agrees that Suddenlink may verify Customer's credit standing with credit reporting agencies in accordance with applicable laws and require a deposit based on Customer's credit standing or past payment history with Suddenlink. A deposit does not relieve the Customer of the responsibility for the prompt payment of bills on presentation. Security deposits paid by Customer for Equipment or Services may be used, to the extent permitted by law, to offset any unpaid balance or charges after termination of Service. Customer shall remain liable for any outstanding balances after the security deposit has been applied. Further terms and conditions of the security deposit may be contained in the deposit receipt given to Customer at the time the security deposit is collected. No interest shall be paid on any security deposits.
3. Adjustments or Refunds. Adjustments or refunds, if any, to Customer's bill shall be an amount no greater than the pro-rata part of the monthly charges applicable to the interrupted Service and associated Equipment charges for the period of time during which the Service is interrupted. Such adjustment or refund will be accomplished by a credit on a subsequent bill for Service. Unless otherwise required by applicable law, in the event any amounts owed by Suddenlink to Customer are not claimed by Customer within one year of the date on which the amount became payable to Customer, Customer shall forfeit all rights to the refund and all such amounts shall become the property of Suddenlink. In addition, no credit allowance will be made for:
a. interruptions of Service due to the negligence of or noncompliance with the provisions of the Agreement by Customer or any person authorized by customer to use the Service;
b. interruptions of Service due to the negligence of any person other than Suddenlink including, but not limited to, the other common carriers connected to the Suddenlink's facilities;
c. interruptions of Service due to the failure or malfunction of Customer owned equipment or third party equipment;
d. interruptions of Service during any period in which Suddenlink is not given full and free access to its facilities and Equipment for the purpose of investigating and correcting interruptions,
e. interruptions of Service during a period in which Customer continues to use the Service on an impaired basis;
f. interruptions of Service less than thirty (30) minutes' duration;
g. interruptions during any period when the interruption is due to implementation of a Customer order for a change in Service arrangements;
h. interruptions of Service due to circumstances or causes beyond the control of Suddenlink.
4. Equipment And Software. Unless otherwise stated in the Commercial Service Order, any network facilities, Software, cabling or Equipment installed or provided by Suddenlink will remain the property of Suddenlink and Customer will acquire no ownership or other interest in the network facilities, cabling, Software or Equipment by virtue of payments made pursuant to this Agreement or by the attachment of any portion of the network facilities, cabling or Equipment to Customer's premises. Customer shall not create or permit to be created any liens or encumbrances on the Equipment. Internal wiring shall not be considered Equipment and shall become the property of Customer upon initiation of Service.
4.1. Misuse of Equipment. Customer will not open, alter, modify, misuse, or tamper with the Equipment. Customer will not remove Equipment from the location where Equipment was installed. Customer will not remove any markings or labels from the Equipment. Customer agrees to safeguard the Equipment from loss or damage of any kind, and (except for any self installation procedures approved by Suddenlink) will not permit anyone other than a Suddenlink authorized representative to perform any work on the Equipment. Customer shall use the Equipment only for the purpose of receiving the Services. Customer shall not make any connections to the Equipment which are not expressly authorized in writing by Suddenlink or permit tampering, altering or repair of the equipment by any person, including removing markings or labels, other than Suddenlink' authorized personnel.
4.2. Return of Equipment. If Customer's Service is terminated or cancelled (for whatever reason), Customer agrees that Customer no longer has the right to keep or use the Equipment and Customer must promptly return the Equipment. The Equipment must be returned to Suddenlink in the same condition as when received, ordinary wear and tear excepted. If Customer fails to return the Equipment, Customer will pay any expenses Suddenlink incurs in retrieving the Equipment. Failure of Suddenlink to remove the Equipment does not mean that Suddenlink has abandoned the Equipment. Suddenlink may continue to charge Customer a monthly Service fee until any remaining Equipment is returned, collected by Suddenlink or fully paid for by Customer.
4.3. Damaged or Lost Equipment. If the Equipment is damaged by Customer, destroyed, lost or stolen while in Customer's possession, Customer is responsible for the cost of repair or replacement of the Equipment.
4.4. Operation of Equipment. The Customer agrees to operate any Equipment in accordance with instructions of Suddenlink or Suddenlink’s agent. Failure to do so will relieve the Suddenlink Parties of liability for interruption of Service and may make the Customer responsible for damage to Equipment.
4.5. Tests and Inspections. Upon reasonable notification to the Customer, and at a reasonable time, Suddenlink may make such tests and inspections as may be necessary to determine that the Customer is complying with the requirements set forth herein.
4.6. Software. Customer agrees to comply with the terms and conditions of any Software license agreement provided with the Software. The Software shall be used solely in connection with the Services and Customer will not modify, disassemble, translate or reverse engineer, the Software. If Customer's Service is terminated, Customer will promptly return or destroy all Software provided by Suddenlink and any related written materials. Suddenlink will have the right to upgrade, modify and enhance the Equipment and Software from time to time through "uploads." Customer acknowledges that the Software, and any accompanying documentation and/or technical information, may be subject to applicable export control laws and regulations of the United States. Customer agrees not to export or re-export the Software, directly or indirectly, to any countries that are subject to export restrictions.
5. Viruses, Content, Customer Information. Software or content obtained from the use of Service may contain viruses or other harmful features and Customer is solely responsible for protecting its equipment and Software from such matters. Through the use of the Service, Customer may obtain or discover content that is offensive or illegal and Customer assumes the risk and is solely responsible for its access to such content. Suddenlink may disclose Customer information to law enforcement or to any Suddenlink affiliate.
6. IP Address and Domain Name Registration. Suddenlink will allocate IP addresses to Customer according to InterNIC guidelines. All IP addresses assigned by Suddenlink must be relinquished by Customer upon the expiration, termination or cancellation of this Agreement. IP address shall be subject to the IP policy in the AUP. If Customer requests, Suddenlink will register an available domain name on behalf of Customer, and such registration shall be subject to rules promulgated by the applicable domain name registrar, which may be amended from time to time. Customer is responsible for payment and maintenance of domain name registration.
7. Web Hosting Servers. Suddenlink reserves the right to select the server for Customer's web site for best performance. The Customer understands that the Services provided by Suddenlink may be provided on a shared server. This means that one web site cannot be permitted to overwhelm the server with heavy CPU usage, for example from the use of highly active CGI scripts or chat scripts. If the Customer's web site overwhelms the server and causes complaints from other users, the Customer has outgrown the realm of shared services and will be required by Suddenlink to relocate its web site. If the Customer refuses to comply with this Section, then Suddenlink has the right to terminate the Services. Suddenlink will use reasonable efforts to maintain a full time Internet presence for the Customer. Customer hereby acknowledges that the network may, at various time intervals, be down due, but not restricted to, utility interruption, maintenance equipment failure, natural disaster, acts of God, or human error and Suddenlink shall not be liable to customer for such outages or server downtime.
8. E-Rate Customers. This paragraph applies only to educational institutions or libraries seeking reimbursement under the Federal Universal Service Fund. Customer shall apply annually to the Schools and Libraries Division, "SLD" for E-Rate funding and Customer shall designate Suddenlink as its provider of Services. Customer shall also provide Suddenlink with all documentation that is in response to all queries, inquires and requests as part of the Program Integrity Assurance (PIA) process within three (3) business days of receipt and/or delivery thereof. Customer also acknowledges that increases and decreases in funding for Services may occur from the SLD. If Customer is denied SLD funding for any reason, Suddenlink may then elect to decrease the level of Services provided to Customer. If full E-Rate funding is not received within 6 months of application date, or by the opening of the application window for the following funding year, then Suddenlink may terminate the Agreement without further liability to Suddenlink or the Customer. Additionally, if full E-Rate funding is not received and Suddenlink elects to terminate the Services during the contract term, then Customer may be subject to termination liabilities.
9. Bundled Packages. In consideration for Customer's purchase of the bundled package of two or more services and only with respect to that period time during which Customer continues to purchase such bundle, Suddenlink shall continue to apply a discount to the Services ordered under this Service Order. Such discount has been applied to the Services included in bundled pricing offer and is reflected in the monthly services fees for such Services contained in this Service Order. For purposes of clarification, in the event Suddenlink's provision to Customer of one or more of the bundled Service components is discontinued or otherwise terminated for any reason, the pricing for the remaining Service components listed above shall revert to Suddenlink's a la carte pricing for such Services in effect at the time of the discontinuation or termination. Termination liabilities applicable to the Services under the Service Agreement shall otherwise remain unchanged.
TERMS OF SERVICE APPLICABLE ONLY TO THE PROVISION OF CABLE TELEVISION SERVICE (VIDEO AND MUSIC SERVICES). In addition to all other relevant terms provided in this Agreement, as part of Customer's use of such Video Service, Customer further understands and agrees that:
10. Use of Services. The programs, content and other service provided through Suddenlink's Video Service must be utilized for use solely at the locations identified on the Commercial Service Order, for purposes limited to other authorized activities and display on no more than the number of televisions/workstations/receivers at the Customer Locations as disclosed on the Service Order, provided that Customer may not directly or indirectly charge any fee as a condition to viewing the Service; permit dancing, skating or other similar forms of entertainment or physical activity in conjunction with the performance of the Services (or any part thereof) unless Customer can demonstrate to the reasonable satisfaction of Suddenlink that Customer or a third-party has obtained a then-current music license permitting such activity; insert any commercial announcements into the Services or interrupt any performance of the Services for the making of any commercial announcements; and that the Video Service is not duplicated, redistributed or accessed in violation of any applicable law.
11. Programming Content. Customer understands and agrees that by using the Video Service, Customer or Users may be exposed to materials or content that may be offensive, sexually explicit or objectionable to Customer. Parental control devices are available upon Customer's request for use with the Video Service to block certain programming and/or filter certain content. The Suddenlink Parties make no representation or warranty regarding the effectiveness of such parental control devices. Under no circumstances will the Suddenlink Parties be liable in any way for any claims, losses, actions, suits, proceedings, or any damages relating to any programming content provided with the Video Service.
12. Security. Suddenlink has no obligation to track the Video Services provided to Customer; however, as a part of the provision of Service and in order to protect from unauthorized reception of Service, Suddenlink may track through its cable television system the channel or Service selections indicated by Customer or other information necessary to satisfy any law or regulation to properly operate the Video Services and/or to protect Suddenlink, its cable television system, Services, Equipment and/or Customers.
13. Signal Level. To maintain legal requirements for minimal signal levels at Customer's terminal, no more than one television or cable programming viewing device may be connected to a single cable receptacle.
14. Outages. Subject to applicable law, a credit may be given for qualifying outages. If there is a known Video Service interruption in excess of 24 consecutive hours (or in excess of such lesser time period pursuant to local law), Suddenlink, upon prompt notification of such failure or interruption by Customer, may either provide Customer with a pro-rata credit relating to such failure or interruption, or at Suddenlink's discretion, in lieu of the credit, provide alternative programming during any program interruption.
15. Music Rights Fees. In all cases, Customer is responsible for and must secure any music rights and/or pay applicable fees required by the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers ("ASCAP"), Broadcast Music, Inc. ("BMI") and SESAC, Inc. ("SESAC") or their respective successors, and any other entity, person or governmental authority from which a license is necessary or appropriate in connection with Customer's transmission, retransmission, communication, distribution, performance or other use of the Services, whenever and wherever applicable.
16. Premium and Pay-Per-View. Customer may not exhibit any premium Services such as HBO or Showtime in any public or common viewing area. Customer may not order or request Pay-Per-View (PPV) programming for receipt, exhibition or taping in a commercial establishment. Customer may not exhibit nor assist in the exhibition of PPV programming in a commercial establishment unless explicitly authorized to do so by agreement with an authorized program provider and subject to Suddenlink's prior written consent.
TERMS OF SERVICE APPLICABLE ONLY TO THE PROVISION OF HIGH SPEED INTERNET SERVICE. In addition to all other relevant terms provided in this Agreement, a Customer who uses Suddenlink's High Speed Internet Service, which may include Internet access services, on line video services, e-mail services, e-commerce, online content, features and other online services under the control of Suddenlink or its affiliates understands and agrees that:
17. Additional Services. The High Speed Internet Service provided to Customer allows access to certain Suddenlink proprietary Services, in addition to other services or features available over the Internet. Customer understands that he/she may incur additional charges while using these other services or while engaging in forms of e-commerce. All such charges shall be paid by Customer and are not the responsibility of Suddenlink.
18. Authorized Connections. Suddenlink agrees to provide Customer with the number and type of High Speed Internet Service connection(s), e-mail addresses, and other appurtenances at the Customer Locations as stated on the Commercial Service Order. Customer shall not exceed the number, types or location of such authorized connections.
19. Peripheral Equipment. Customer understands and agrees that, to be operational, the High Speed Internet Service may require additional equipment, whether wired or wireless. If Suddenlink is providing Customer with a cable modem and/or base station, the cable modem shall remain Equipment. If Customer has purchased a cable modem (whether from Suddenlink or from a third party) the cable modem shall be Customer Equipment. Customer represents that it owns the Customer Equipment or otherwise has the right to use such equipment in connection with the High Speed Internet Service. Suddenlink shall have no obligation to provide, maintain or service the Customer Equipment. Customer agrees not to use the Equipment for any purpose other than to use the High Speed Internet Service pursuant to this Agreement.
20. Minimum Equipment. Customer agrees that the Customer Equipment utilizing the High Speed Internet Service must meet the minimum computer requirements outlined in the informational literature Suddenlink has provided and as may be amended from time to time. If Customer proceeds with the installation of or uses the High Speed Internet Service utilizing Customer Equipment that does not meet the minimum requirements (a "Non-Recommended Configuration"), Customer agrees that (i) Customer will not be entitled to customer support from Suddenlink relating to any issues other than the quality of the signal delivered to the Customer's receptacle, and (ii) Customer understands and agrees that Customer may not be able to successfully install, access, operate, or use the High Speed Internet Service with the Non-Recommended Configuration. CUSTOMER ACKNOWLEDGES THAT ANY INSTALLATION, ACCESS, OPERATION OR USE OF NON-RECOMMENDED CONFIGURATIONS COULD CAUSE DAMAGE TO CUSTOMER EQUIPMENT, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, CUSTOMER’S COMPUTER, PERIPHERALS, SOFTWARE, OR DATA. NEITHER SUDDENLINK NOR ANY OF ITS AFFILIATES SHALL HAVE ANY LIABILITY WHATSOEVER FOR ANY SUCH FAILURE OR DAMAGE. The foregoing limitation of liability is in addition to and shall not limit any other limitation of liability set forth in this Agreement.
21. Upgrades. Customer acknowledges that the Equipment is merely a means through which the High Speed Internet Service is provided by Suddenlink and may be removed or changed by Suddenlink at its discretion as it deems appropriate, including through "uploads" to Customer’s computer(s) or otherwise. Whether the cable modem is owned by Customer or Suddenlink, Suddenlink shall have the unrestricted right, but not the obligation, to upgrade the firmware in the cable modem at any time that Suddenlink, in its sole discretion, determines it is necessary or desirable. Customer assumes all responsibility for any degradation in or problems from the failure to upgrade. Suddenlink does not represent, warrant or covenant that installation and modifications of peripheral devices, including Network cards, computer equipment, software, computer files and other system configuration files necessary to operate the High Speed Internet Service will not disrupt or delay the normal operations of Customer's computer device(s) or associated equipment. Suddenlink shall have no liability whatsoever for any loss, damage or outage resulting from the above. Upon Customer request and, at Suddenlink's sole discretion, for an additional charge, Suddenlink or its agents may install certain software, an extra cable receptacle, a cable modem and associated equipment for operation of the High Speed Internet Service. If installed by Suddenlink, Suddenlink shall use reasonable efforts to install the High Speed Internet Service to a fully operational status.
22. Back-Up. Customer agrees to either back-up all existing computer files prior to installation of any Equipment to Customer's computing device or accept sole responsibility for lost or damaged files, data or programs. In all events, Suddenlink shall have no liability whatsoever for any damage or loss or destruction of any of Customer's software, files, data or peripherals.
23. Prohibited Uses. Customer shall not and shall not allow others to use the High Speed Internet Service to (i) violate Suddenlink's AUP posted on Suddenlink's web site and as modified from time to time, or, unless expressly provided in the Customer Service Order, (ii) operate a server in connection with the Services, including FTP, IRC, SMTP, POP, HTTP, SOCKS, SQUID, DNS or any multi-user forums.
24. Termination. In addition to Suddenlink's termination rights set out elsewhere in this Agreement, Suddenlink may terminate all Services, including the High Speed Internet Service, if Suddenlink reasonably believes that Customer has engaged in or is engaging in any of these prohibited activities and Suddenlink reserves the right to pursue any damages or remedies from such activities, including any direct or indirect costs, expenses or fees incurred by Suddenlink and/or its affiliates. Following the termination of Customer's High Speed Internet Service account for any reason, Suddenlink is authorized to delete any files, programs, data, e-mail addresses and e-mail messages associated with such account. Such deletion may include Customer forfeiting his/her account user names, all e-mail, IP and web space addresses. Any incoming e-mail to Customer's canceled account(s) will not be forwarded to another account. Suddenlink shall have no liability whatsoever as the result of the loss or destruction of any information, data, names or addresses.
25. Network. Suddenlink utilizes a network that allows bi-directional access to the Internet. The network is not intended to protect Customers from hackers, viruses or other harmful elements that may result from participation in High Speed Internet Service, and as such, Customer should not rely on the network to provide such protection. Suddenlink may run third party virus check software or other protection measures over its network to scan e-mails or Internet activity; however, Suddenlink does not represent, warrant or covenant that such software will detect, repair or correct any or all viruses or other harmful code or software.
26. E-mail. Customer must adhere to the e-mail policies provided in the AUP. As part of the subscription to High Speed Internet Services, Customer will be provided with the ability to set up mail addresses for the number of e-mail addresses specified on Customer's Service Order. Customer is responsible for the set-up and proper usage of these addresses. All e-mail accounts within Customer's account are limited to 2.5 megabytes of storage space on the network. Suddenlink reserves the right to modify, delete or correct any accounts that exceed the megabyte limitation, and modify the size of Customer's storage space, at Suddenlink's sole discretion and without notice. To preserve e-mail for longer periods, Customer can set its e-mail account so that e-mail is automatically stored on Customer's computer's hard-drive when Customer opens it. Please check the Help section on Customer's e-mail access program (e.g., Outlook Express). Suddenlink reserves the right to place additional limitations on Customer’s e-mails on the Suddenlink network, including without limitation, maximum message size, maximum number of recipients per message, and maximum number of messages per server connection. Suddenlink reserves the right to reclaim any and all inactive e-mail addresses and accounts from Customer at Suddenlink's sole discretion and without notice, whether such are inactive as a result of the termination or cancellation of High Speed Internet Service regardless of the reason for such cancellation or termination, or inactive as a result of a lack of access by Customer to the account and/or e-mail address for a period of twelve months or greater.
27. Security. Suddenlink may provide, offer for sale or subscription, or otherwise make available, software or services for e-mail filtering, anti-virus scanning and other e-mail security solutions for the convenience of Customers. Suddenlink shall not be responsible for nor have any liability with regard to the e-mail that Customer or its authorized Users receive, nor for any loss or filtered e-mail, nor for the failure to prevent virus delivery or infection. Suddenlink Parties are not responsible or liable for the forwarding or inability to forward e-mail sent to any other e-mail account. E-mails sent to suspended or terminated accounts may be returned to sender, ignored, deleted or stored temporarily at Suddenlink's sole discretion.
28. Personal Web Pages and Content. Customer may create personal web pages. On such personal web pages, Customer can design, maintain, and publish texts, diagrams, illustrations, audio clips and related materials for access by a global audience. Customer is solely responsible for any information, materials or content that Customer publishes on its web pages or otherwise makes available on the Internet. Customer should take appropriate precautions to prevent minors from receiving inappropriate content. Suddenlink reserves the right to refuse to post and/or to remove any information, materials or content, in whole or in part, that it deems to be offensive, indecent, or otherwise inappropriate regardless of whether such material or its dissemination is unlawful.
29. Accuracy of Content. Customer understands and agrees that by using the High Speed Internet Service, Customer and/or User may be exposed to materials or content that is offensive, indecent, sexually explicit, objectionable, or that may violate federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations or may violate the protected rights of the Customer or others. Customer also understands that the technical processing and transmission of the High Speed Internet Service, including Customer's content or material, may involve (a) transmissions over various networks; and (b) changes to conform and adapt to technical requirements of connecting networks or devices; and that under no circumstances will the Suddenlink Parties be liable in any way for any claims, losses, actions, suits, proceedings, or any damages relating to any content, including, but not limited to, any errors or omissions in any content, access to such content or material by Customer or others, or incurred as a result of the use of any content posted, or otherwise transmitted via the High Speed Internet Service. Customer acknowledges that software programs claiming to be capable of restricting access to sexually explicit material on the Internet are commercially available. The Suddenlink Parties make no representation or warranty regarding the effectiveness of such programs.
30. Scheduled Service repair, maintenance or upgrade. Suddenlink may from time to time schedule Service repair, maintenance or upgrades to provide Customer with High Speed Internet Service. Customer shall not receive High Speed Internet Service credits for such scheduled repairs, maintenance or upgrades. If there is a known and unscheduled High Speed Internet Service interruption in excess of 24 consecutive hours (or in excess of such lesser time period pursuant to local law), Suddenlink, upon prompt notification of such failure to interruption by Customer, may provide Customer with a pro-rata credit relating to such failure or interruption. Suddenlink Parties will not be liable for any direct, incidental or consequential damages or losses from any interruption in High Speed Internet Service.
31. Changes to High Speed Internet Service. Suddenlink may also, at any time and in its sole discretion, without notice, change, add to or remove portions of the High Speed Internet Service (including, without limitation, content, functionality, hours of availability, Equipment requirements, speed, upstream and downstream limitations, Service features, storage capacity, and protocol filtering) and/or institute or otherwise change fees and charges for the High Speed Internet Service. If Customer is dissatisfied with such changes or the High Speed Internet Service after such changes, Customer’s only right and remedy is to cancel his/her subscription to the High Speed Internet Service.
32. Service Usage. Suddenlink has no obligation to track High Speed Internet Service usage of Customer; however, as a part of the provision of Service and in order to protect from unauthorized reception of Service, Suddenlink may track through its cable television system and/or network certain usage, usage patterns and/or selections indicated by Customer or other information necessary to satisfy any law or regulation to properly operate the High Speed Internet Service and/or to protect Suddenlink, its cable television system, network, Services, Equipment and/or Customers.
33. Network Integrity. Suddenlink reserves the right to protect the integrity of its network and resources by any means it deems appropriate. This includes, but is not limited to: port blocking, e-mail virus scanning, denying e-mail access or transmission, and putting limits on bandwidth and e-mail usage.
34. Bandwidth, Data Storage and Other Limitations. Customer agrees to comply with Suddenlink's bandwidth, data storage and other limitations of the High Speed Internet Service as established and modified by Suddenlink from time to time. Customer agrees that its bandwidth usage activity will not improperly restrict, inhibit or degrade any other user's use of the High Speed Internet Service, nor represent (in Suddenlink's sole judgment) an unusually large burden on the network. Customer also agrees that its activity will not restrict, inhibit, disrupt, degrade or impede Suddenlink's ability to deliver and track its High Speed Internet Service, backbone, network nodes and/or other network services.
35. Sole Risk. Use of the High Speed Internet Service provided by Suddenlink, in addition to third-party products or services provided by or accessed through the High Speed Internet Service or the Internet is at Customer's sole risk and Customer acknowledges that the High Speed Internet Service are provided "AS IS." Accordingly, any information sent through or over the network is sent at Customer's sole risk.
36. Customer Security. When Customer's computer device is connected to a cable modem, it constitutes a "local" segment of the network. All of Customer's traffic to or from this local segment will be reflected by the cable modem in an unencrypted format onto the network (unless separate encryption technology is utilized) and will be subject to eavesdropping by third parties. Further, through the use of file and print sharing features, third parties outside of Customer's premises may be able to access Customer's computer devices across the network and access Customer's software, files and data. Any Customer who chooses to subscribe to the Suddenlink's High Speed Internet Service and enables capabilities such as file sharing, print sharing or other capabilities that allow third party computer access, does so at his/her own sole risk. Customer is solely responsible for any security devices Customer chooses to connect or install on his/her computer device, in addition to any transmissions to or from Customer or its authorized Users. Suddenlink Parties shall not be liable or responsible for any unauthorized sharing, access, eavesdropping or any associated risks.
37. Enforcement of Policy and AUP. Customer authorizes Suddenlink and its affiliates to cooperate with law enforcement authorities in the investigation or prosecution of criminal violations, and with system administrators at other Internet service providers or other network computing facilities to enforce this Agreement, the AUP and other applicable terms and conditions of the High Speed Internet Service. Such cooperation may include providing certain Customer identifying information to these parties.
38. Tracking Devices and Viruses. Customer acknowledges that accessing certain websites through the High Speed Internet Service may result in "cookies" and other tracking devices to be entered in Customer's computer equipment and stored on Customer's browser. It is Customer's responsibility to disable the entry of "cookies" or other tracking devices following procedures, if available, on Customer's browser. Customer further acknowledges that using the High Speed Internet Service may result in harmful viruses being downloaded and stored on Customer's computer. It is Customer's responsibility to protect Customer's computer and data from harmful viruses by installing firewall and other anti-virus software on Customer's computer.
TERMS OF SERVICE APPLICABLE ONLY TO THE PROVISION OF SUDDENLINK PHONE SERVICE. Services provided by Mercury Voice and Data, LLC, if any, are provided pursuant to this Agreement and any tariff on file with the applicable state Public Service Commission. If there is a conflict between the terms and conditions of this Agreement and any applicable tariff, the tariff shall control. In addition to all other relevant terms provided in this Agreement and any applicable tariff, a Customer that uses Suddenlink's Phone Service understands and agrees to the following:
39. Limitations of Phone Service.
39.1 Power/Network Outages. Customer acknowledges and understands that the Phone Service will not work if any of the necessary Equipment is unplugged or otherwise disconnected from necessary power sources. Customer further acknowledges and understands that the Phone Service may not function in the event of power failure or if Customer's broadband cable connection is disrupted or not working properly. Should there be an interruption to the power supply to Customer's business, the Phone Service may be powered by backup battery supply, but the inclusion of a battery backup does not ensure that the Phone Service will work in all circumstances. In the event that there is a loss of power or other problem that disrupts Suddenlink's network, Phone Service will not be available until the network is restored. Cordless telephones powered by electricity will not function during a power outage, even if the Phone Service is functioning properly. CUSTOMER ACKNOWLEDGES AND UNDERSTANDS THAT SUDDENLINK DOES NOT GUARANTEE THAT E911 OR 911 DIALING WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE EVENT OF A POWER FAILURE OR FAILURE OF THE SUDDENLINK NETWORK. Customer understands and acknowledges that Suddenlink Phone Service, including 911/E911, as well as all online features of Suddenlink Phone Service, where Suddenlink makes these features available, will be disabled if Customer's account is suspended or terminated.
39.2 Enhanced 911 Service. Enhanced 911 ("E911"), or 911 service is a feature of the Phone Service. Prior to initiation of Phone Service, Customer must provide Suddenlink the valid street address where the Phone Service will be utilized ("Registered Address"). Customer agrees not to move the telephone cable modem ("EMTA") from the location it was originally installed. IF CUSTOMER MOVES THE EMTA FROM THE REGISTERED ADDRESS, CUSTOMER'S PHONE SERVICE MAY NOT FUNCTION PROPERLY AND E911/911 OPERATORS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY THE CORRECT LOCATION OF A CALLER IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY.
39.3 Customer May Not "Opt-out" of Suddenlink's E911 Service. Customer acknowledges that pursuant to federal law the provision of E911 or 911 service to Customer is provided as an express condition of Service by Suddenlink. As a result E911 or 911 service is not an optional feature and customer may not "opt-out," or decline to accept, Suddenlink's E911 or 911 service.
39.4 Resetting Equipment after a Power Failure. A power failure or disruption in Service may require Customer to reset or reconfigure equipment prior to utilizing the Phone Service or E911 or 911 dialing. A power failure may also include a battery failure in the EMTA. If Customer experiences a battery failure in the EMTA, Suddenlink will provide a replacement battery and installation instructions.
39.5 Use of TDD or TTY Devices. Customer acknowledges that E911/911 service may not be fully compatible with all types of TDD or TTY devices for the hearing impaired. Suddenlink does not guaranty or offer emergency services compatible with any TDD/TTY or other hearing impaired devices.
39.6 Security Systems and other Non-voice Communications Equipment. Customer acknowledges that the Phone Service may not be compatible with certain third party security, medical monitoring and other non-voice communications systems. It is the Customer's responsibility to test Customer's security, medical monitoring system or other non-voice communications system. Customer acknowledges that these systems may not function properly in the event of a power outage or disruption in Suddenlink's broadband network service.
39.7 Calling Plans. Customer expressly agrees that Customer will not have the option of subscribing to a "local only" or "long-distance only" service, nor will Customer be able to subscribe to a separate local, toll or long distance provider for use in conjunction with the Phone Service.
40. Service Charges Related To Phone Service.
40.1 Usage-Based Charges. In addition to Customers monthly recurring charges, Customer agrees to pay Suddenlink for all usage-based charges including, but not limited to, collect calls, charges for calls to Alaska and Hawaii, international calls, directory assistance, and/or Suddenlink assisted calls.
40.2 Unlimited voice service. Unlimited voice service, including unlimited long distance, are provided solely for live dialog between two individuals. Unlimited voice service may not be used for monitoring services, data transmissions, transmission of broadcasts, transmission of recorded material, or other connections that do not consist of uninterrupted live dialog between two individuals. If Suddenlink finds that you are using an unlimited voice service offering for other than live dialog between two individuals, Suddenlink may at its option terminate your service or change your plan to one with no unlimited usage components. Suddenlink will provide notice that it intends to take any of the above actions, and you may terminate the agreement.
40.3 Taxes. The Customer is responsible for the payment of any applicable sales, use, gross receipts, excise, access or other local, state and federal taxes, fees or surcharges (however designated) based upon the provision of Phone Service, all of which will be separately designated on Customer's invoice. It shall be the responsibility of the Customer to pay any such taxes that subsequently become applicable retroactively.
40.4 Regulatory Fees. Customer also agrees to pay any applicable fees or payment obligations in connection with the Phone Service that may be imposed by governmental or quasi-governmental bodies in connection with the sale, installation, use, or provision of the Phone Service and any regulatory fees that Suddenlink invoices Customer for to help defray Suddenlink's contribution to municipal, state and federal government programs in which Suddenlink participates, including but not limited to, universal service, telecom relay services for the visually/hearing impaired, 911/E911 programs and associated infrastructure. Suddenlink, in its sole discretion, has the right to determine what fees, taxes and surcharges are due by Customer and to collect and remit them to the governmental authority. The Suddenlink Parties shall in no way be liable to Customer for the collection or remittance of any fees, taxes and surcharges.
40.5 Surcharges. A surcharge may be imposed on charges for Phone Service originating from states which levy, or assert a claim of right to levy, a gross receipts tax on Suddenlink’s operations in any such state, or a tax on interstate access charges incurred by Suddenlink for originating access to telephone exchanges in that state. This surcharge is based on state imposed receipts tax and other state taxes imposed directly or indirectly upon Suddenlink by virtue of, and measured by, the gross receipts or revenues of Suddenlink in that state and/or payment of interstate access charges in that state. Any applicable surcharge will be shown as a separate line item on the Customer’s monthly invoice.
40.6 Charges Caused by Third Parties. Customer is responsible in all respects (including payment obligations) for all use of the Phone Service under Customer's account, whether or not Customer actually authorized the use. Customer will be responsible for ensuring that all use of the Phone Service under Customer's account fully complies with this Agreement.
40.7 Casual Calling Charges. Customer agrees to pay for any charges arising out of the use of any "casual calling" (e.g., 10-10-333) services provided by any third party.
40.8 Pay-Per-Call/900 Calls. It is Customer's sole responsibility to pay all charges or fees assessed by any pay-per-call service provider (if such service is available). Suddenlink does not assist such providers in billing or collecting for their services, and Suddenlink will not intervene on Customer's behalf in a billing dispute with pay-per-call providers.
40.9 Wiring. Customer agrees that Suddenlink and its authorized agents may disconnect Customer's existing service to the local telephone company, and that Suddenlink or its authorized agent may disconnect, rearrange, splice or otherwise manipulate the existing telephone wiring in or on Customer's premises in order to connect the premises to the Phone Service.
41. Use of Phone Service.
41.1 Unlawful Use. Customer will not use the Phone Service for any unlawful purpose, or for any use which Customer has not obtained all required governmental approvals, authorizations, licenses, consents and permits. Nor will Customer use any features, functions, or other inputs to the Phone Service (including the features, functions and services of a third party) for any unlawful purpose, or for any use which Customer has not obtained all required governmental approvals, authorizations, licenses, consents and permits. Suddenlink may terminate Customer's Phone Service without notice if Suddenlink finds, in Suddenlink's sole judgment, that Customer's use is unauthorized or fraudulent.
41.2 Interference/Hazardous Conditions. Suddenlink may shut down Customer's Phone Service without prior notice if Suddenlink finds, in Suddenlink's sole judgment, that Customer's use of the Service is causing interference to others or Customer has moved or tampered or allowed others to tamper with any Equipment. Suddenlink may also shut down Customer's Phone Service without prior notice if Suddenlink finds, in Suddenlink's sole judgment, that hazardous conditions exist that would make Customer's continued use of the Service unsafe.
42. Incompatible Equipment and Services. Customer acknowledges and understands that Phone Service may not support or be compatible with: (a) Non-recommended configurations including but not limited to MTAs not currently certified by Suddenlink as compatible with Phone Service; (b) Certain non-voice communications equipment, including certain makes or models of alarm and security systems, certain medical monitoring devices, certain fax machines, and certain "dial-up" modems; (c) Rotary-dial phone handsets, pulse-dial phone handsets, and models of other voice-related communications equipment such as private branch exchange (PBX) equipment, answering machines, and traditional Caller ID units. d) Casual/dial around (10-10) calling; 976, 900, 700, or 500 number calling; (e) 311, 511, or other x11 calling (other than 411, 611, 711, and 911); and (f) Other call types not expressly set forth in Suddenlink's product literature (e.g., outbound shore-to-ship calling).
43. Phone Numbers/Portability.
43.1 Switching to Suddenlink from Another Provider. If Customer is switching to Phone Service from another service provider, Customer may transfer Customer's existing phone number (if any) to the Phone Service, provided that the following conditions apply:
a. Customer requests the phone number transfer when Customer places Customer's order for the Phone Service.
b. Customer provides complete and accurate information, including Customer's address, existing phone number and name of Customer's current service provider.
c. Customer's current service provider releases Customer's existing phone number, without delay and without imposing non-industry-standard charges on Suddenlink.
d. Transfer of Customer's existing phone number to the Phone Service would not, in Suddenlink's sole discretion, violate applicable law or Suddenlink's processes and procedures.
43.2 EMTA. Customer acknowledges and agrees that if Customer's EMTA is self-installed (where Suddenlink makes that option available) before the date that the number transfer becomes effective ("Port Effective Date"), Customer should keep Customer's current phone service until after the Port Effective Date, after which Customer will be able both to make and to receive calls using the Phone Service. Customer acknowledges and agrees that to avoid an interruption in telephone service, Customer must have the EMTA installed on or before the Port Effective Date. Customer's current telephone service for the number that Customer is transferring will be disconnected on the Port Effective Date; if Customer's EMTA is not yet activated, Customer will not have access to Phone Service. Suddenlink will provide Customer with an estimate of the Port Effective Date at the time of service ordering or via e-mail following Customer's completion of the ordering process.
43.3 Reserved Telephone Numbers. If Customer is receiving a new telephone number from Suddenlink, Suddenlink will reserve telephone numbers for Customer's new telephone service. Reserved telephone numbers may change prior to the time of installation of service. Customers shall not use, publish or advertise reserved numbers until Phone Service has been activated. The Customer has no property right in the telephone number associated with the Phone Service and Customer is solely responsible for any expense or loss resulting from Customer's use, publication or dissemination of reserved numbers.
43.4 Directory Listing. Liability for damages arising from errors or omissions in the making up or printing of directories or for error or omission on intercept service or in accepting listings as presented by Customers or prospective Customers shall be limited to the amount of actual impairment of the Customer's Phone Service, and in no event shall liability exceed an amount equal to the Phone Service charges during the period covered by the directory in connection with which the error or omission occurs.
43.5 Non-Published Listings. For an additional fee, Customer may chose to have a non-published telephone number. Suddenlink will make reasonable efforts to prevent the disclosure of non-published numbers, but in no case will the Suddenlink Parties be liable should such number be divulged. The Suddenlink Parties will not be liable for failure or refusal to complete any call to non-published telephone numbers. When a call is placed to the Emergency 911 service, Suddenlink will release the name and address of the Customer, where such information can be determined, to the appropriate local governmental authority responsible for the Emergency 911 service.