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Acceptable Use Policy and Content Guidelines

We have adopted a philosophy that assumes the honest and good intent of our subscribers. Therefore, our services are provided in as unrestricted a manner as possible to allow our users to have the richest Internet experience possible.


  • Users of dialup accounts may remain connected for up to 100 hours per month. Addtional usage is billed at $0.25 per hour rounded to the nearest full hour.
  • Basic dialup accounts are not designed to provide a permanent connection to the Internet and are meant for one connected session at a time. Corrective action will be taken to resolve this situation.
  • The illegal download or exchange of any copyrighted material through the GBIS network as defined in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, will result in suspension of service and or termination of your account.
  • Users may not make threats against another person or organization via email, news or any other electronic media / services we provide.
  • Users may not mount an attack against our system or any other systems.This includes, but is not limited to, mail bombing, “hacking” or attempting to gain root access, flood-pinging or other “denial of service” attacks, or deliberately propagating viruses or worms.
  • Users may not “spam” or flood the Usenet with a single post to a large number of newsgroups (more than three) not related to the topic of your article.Users may not post off-topic messages to Usenet. This includes messages violating the specific newsgroup’s charter or purpose.
  • Users may not “spam” people via email. This is defined as unsolicited (unwanted, unrequested) email sent to many people. Please see our Content Guidelines for more details. Users may not forge email or news postings (to include cancel messages, whether manual or automated).
  • Users will maintain a valid e-mail address with GBIS for GBIS communication reasons.
  • Users may not flood (send text repeatedly) other clients on Internet Relay Chat.
  • Trying to “hack” into our machines is forbidden.Attempting to do so will result in immediate account termination.
  • Users may not run packet sniffers or other similar programs.
  • Use of Great Basin Internet Services constitutes acceptance of these terms and conditions.

Content Guidelines

We believe Great Basin Internet Services (and similar connectivity-only providers) to be in a “carrier-like” position – except as noted below, we have neither interest in nor responsibility for user-generated content. Unfettered communications is as important as excellent performance and reliability, and our responsibility persists especially when we personally detest the content in question: that is the real test of free speech.

GBIS attempts to distinguish between content and conduit.Content is data, which may be of human interest.The conduit is the networking equipment, systems and software that convey the data.

However, due to increasingly common international abuse of network and client software limitations, we are forced to recognize the existence of “spam” and “spammer sites”.The tendency towards highly emotionally charged responses for and against requires restraint and a careful approach when dealing with “spam” problems.


  1. It is our general policy to not interfere with anyone’s communications regardless of purpose or intent; however, GBIS will take immediate action to prevent, if possible, communication or activities that:
    • We perceive to be or are informed are harmful to the conduit (such as flood-pinging, or SMTP port attacks, etc.) or;
    • We are substantially informed that are illegal.Note that it is not GBIS’ responsibility to determine what is illegal and what is not. If we must block access, we will do only as little as is required to solve the immediate problem, and will attempt to restore access as soon as the (perceived) problem is solved.
  2. We also recognize that electronic communications in general are ever changing and that the technical systems involved are not robust, and their usefulness can be impaired by words and deeds whose effects may be ephemeral and unintended.Therefore we will listen to all complaints presented to us in a rational manner, with succinct supporting data, and reserve the right to take actions, when necessary, outside the scope of this policy; we hope these exceptions will be exceedingly rare.

Bulk email, AKA spamming, is defined here as delivery and reception of unsolicited email, from one site, the spamming site, to many recipients, generally characterized by lack of the usual bulk-mail controls: removal from mailing lists, access to humans at the spamming site, etc.Spamming is in violation of our Acceptable Use Policy, and will result in corrective action. Any commercial emails sent must comply with all State and Federal laws. In addition, commercial emails, email newsletters, and similar lists MUST contain information on how to unsubscribe or remove the individual from the list.

It is the policy of Great Basin Internet Services to provide full cooperation with law enforcement officials upon receipt of legal documentation.

As always, use of the GBIS network constitutes agreement to this policy.

There is an oft-quoted, little-heeded pair of truisms that apply to all human activity, everywhere.Everyone loves to quote the first one, but the second is far more important:

  • Thou shalt not annoy.
  • Thou shalt not be easily annoyed.
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