Internet Policies

WEST CENTRAL WIRELESS MASS MARKET INTERNET SERVICE POLICIES AND CUSTOMER INFORMATION

General Policy Statement:

The following policies apply to mass market broadband Internet services offered by West Central Wireless, Five Star Wireless, Mid-Tex Cellular, and Right Wireless (“company”). The company also offers enterprise level services that can be individually tailored to customer needs. Information on enterprise services can be obtained by contacting us at 800-695-9016. It is the company’s policy to provide robust and reliable access to the Internet for all of its residential and commercial mass market end user customers. Because network resources are shared by all users, the company has implemented the following policies to govern mass market Internet service. These policies are designed to: (i) ensure that shared network resources are allocated fairly among all users; (ii) allow users and prospective users to understand service policies and any significant limitations on the service; and (iii) provide a foundation that assures customers that they can rely on consistently receiving the level and quality of service to which they subscribe. The company does not block access to, nor discriminate against, any lawful website or Internet application that is consistent with the company’s Acceptable Use Policy set forth below. Customers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the following policies which are deemed part of their Service Agreement. By using the company’s Internet service, the customer accepts, agrees to be bound by and to strictly adhere to, these policies. The customer also agrees to be responsible for compliance with these policies by third parties, such as friends, family members or guests that make use of the customer’s service accounts or equipment to access the network for any purpose, with or without the permission of the customer.

  1. I. ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY


1. General Policy.   The company reserves the sole discretion to deny or restrict your service, or immediately to suspend or terminate your service, if the use of your service by you or anyone using it, in our sole discretion, violates the Service Agreement or other company policies, is objectionable or unlawful, interferes with the functioning or use of the Internet or the company’s network by the company or other users, or violates the terms of this Acceptable Use Policy (“AUP”).

2. Specific Examples of AUP Violations. The following are examples of conduct which may lead to termination of your Service. Without limiting the general policy in Section 1, it is a violation of the Agreement and this AUP to: (a) access without permission or right the accounts or computer systems of others, to spoof the URL, DNS or IP addresses of the company or any other entity, or to penetrate the security measures of the company or any other person's computer system, or to attempt any of the foregoing; (b) transmit uninvited communications, data or information, or engage in other similar activities, including without limitation, "spamming", "flaming" or denial of service attacks; (c) intercept, interfere with or redirect email or other transmissions sent by or to others; (d) introduce viruses, worms, harmful code or Trojan horses on the Internet; (e) post off-topic information on message boards, chat rooms or social networking sites; (f) engage in conduct that is defamatory, fraudulent, obscene or deceptive; (g) violate the company's or any third party's copyright, trademark, proprietary or other intellectual property rights; (h) engage in any conduct harmful to the company’s network, the Internet generally or other Internet users; (i) generate excessive amounts of email or other Internet traffic; (j) use the service to violate any rule, policy or guideline of the company: (k) use the service in any fashion for the transmission or dissemination of images containing child pornography or in a manner that is obscene, sexually explicit, cruel or racist in nature or which espouses, promotes or incites bigotry, hatred or racism; or (l) download or use the Service in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria or in destinations that are otherwise controlled or embargoed under U.S. law, as modified from time to time by the Departments of Treasury and Commerce.

3. Copyright Infringement/Repeat Infringer Policy. The company respects the intellectual property rights of third parties. Accordingly, the company does not allow the storage of any content on our servers. All materials passed through our system are the responsibility of the customer. However, In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and other applicable laws, it is the policy of the company to suspend or terminate, in appropriate circumstances, the service provided to any subscriber or account holder who is deemed to infringe third party intellectual property rights, including repeat infringers of copyrights. In addition, the company expressly reserves the right to suspend, terminate or take other interim action regarding the service of any user or account holder if the company, in its sole judgment, believes that circumstances relating to an infringement of third party intellectual property rights warrant such action. These policies are in addition to and do not affect or modify any other rights the company may have under law or contract. If you believe that copyrighted material has been used in violation of this policy or otherwise been made available on the service in a manner that is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent or the law, you may contact our Designated Agent as follows:

Caressa D. Bennet

Bennett & Bennett, PLLC

6124 MacArthur Blvd

Bethesda, Maryland 20816

Tel: (202) 371-1500

Fax: (202) 371-1558

cbennet@bennetlaw.com

4. The company may, but is not required to, monitor your compliance, or the compliance of other subscribers, with the terms, conditions or policies of the Service Agreement and AUP. You acknowledge that the company shall have the right, but not the obligation, to pre-screen, refuse, move or remove any content available on the service, including but not limited to content that violates the law or this Agreement.

 

  1. II. SYSTEM PERFORMANCE


The company provides residential and commercial mass market customers with a choice of data plans to meet their needs.   The company offers the following mass market services and typical speed ranges. These speeds were calculated based upon use of the Xtremelabs speedtest application, a third party resource. The speeds listed below were achieved using multiple cellular devices and at various locations.

Service                        Download (Range)                 Upload (Range)                      Latency (ms)

Edge ‘2G’       90 kbps (35-180kbps)             75 kbps (35-165kbps)             688

UTMS ‘3G’     2.2Mbps (1.6-3.7Mbps)          2.4Mbps (1.8-3.5Mbps)          200

While the company provisions its network and equipment to ensure that its customers can enjoy the speeds to which they subscribe, Internet speeds generally result from a “best effort” service and are dependent on a number of variables, many of which are outside the control of an Internet Service Provider. Such variables include: the age and processing capability of the user’s phone or device; the number of applications running simultaneously; the presence of viruses or malware; the distance the data packets must travel between the user and the website; the presence of congestion on and technical configuration of any intervening networks; any gating or congestion management schemes employed by websites to limit download or upload speeds in cases where multiple users are served simultaneously; the terrain in an area; weather conditions outside of the company’s control; the number of simultaneous connections to the network by other customers. The company does not guarantee that a customer will achieve the speeds set forth above at all times. Rather, the foregoing data speeds represent the best information available to the company of the typical speeds a customer can expect to experience under normal operating conditions.

Speed tests that allow customers to test the upload, download and latency performance of their broadband data services are available free of charge from a number sources. Generally, these tests are influenced by the same variables that affect Internet speed set forth above. Accordingly, the speed results would not be expected to match a test of the company’s network conducted under laboratory conditions. Please note, however, that all speed tests use different methodologies to calculate Internet connection speed so each of the tests would be expected to yield different results. Accordingly, each of these tests should be viewed as a helpful guide rather than as a definitive measurement of performance. The following are several sites, unaffiliated with the company, that provide speed testing:

http://www.speedtest.net

http://netalyzr.icsi.berkeley.edu

http://www.broadband.gov/qualitytest/about/

www.mobilespeedtest.com

 

  1. III.  NETWORK MANAGEMENT


The company utilizes a network architecture that is designed to provide users with true speeds and reliability even during times of peak demand. The network has been constructed to meet projected traffic demands and is scalable to allow for capacity to be added to meet customer needs and to support newly developing and increasingly sophisticated applications well into the future. However, congestion can occur on any IP network, and, when it does, packets can be delayed or dropped, leading to service degradation and delays. Currently the company has not instituted a traffic management policy to ensure a standard speed for all customers. The company may institute traffic management procedures and software in the future at the company’s discretion.

As the company does not currently employ a traffic management policy, the company does not discriminate against particular applications. Users remain free to access the websites of their choice and run the applications of their choice consistent with the AUP.

The company does take measures to protect its network and ensure that its AUP is enforced. For example, the company has deployed measures to prevent spam, viruses, and other malware for customers receiving SMS (text) messages from an e-mail address. Other network elements such as MMS (picture) messages, e-mail messages, and websites are currently not monitored or blocked on the customer level. Additionally all network pieces are protected by the use of firewalls and other network protection practices to ensure the privacy and protection of our network and customer information. The company does not generally interfere with or manage the use of specific protocols or ports.

 

Mobile handsets are offered as part of the company’s mobile data service plans. Customers are provided with a variety of handset options and a choice of data plans tailored to their individual needs and circumstances. It may not be possible to use the handsets utilized by one mobile data provider with the services offered by another mobile data provider due to differences in spectrum, data platform and air interface. The company does currently allow customers to purchase phones from other vendors and/or use a phone from another carrier so long as it is compatible with our network. We currently have a GSM and UMTS network deployed that utilizes SIM cards. The company does not guarantee the service quality, speed of data services, or the availability of data services to be used on phones not purchased from the company. The company will make all attempts to work on the device to provide the same standard and quality of service that would be received from equipment purchased from the company however it may be impossible for the company to do so. The company does not discriminate against or limit access to lawful third party applications

All users are fully responsible for securing their equipment, including wireless routers, to prevent unauthorized access to the network by third parties and will be held fully responsible for the actions of such third parties that gain unauthorized access to the network through unsecured end user equipment, including the payment of any overage charges accessed for going over allowed data volume with customers plan.



  1. IV. COMMERCIAL TERMS

 

Pricing:

For current pricing options, please visit westcentral.com, call our offices at 800-695-9016, or come by any retail locations.

Policies Related to Pricing:

Minimum Terms

a. Your service order indicates whether you have agreed to a minimum service term for your service and, if so, the number of months in the term. YOU WILL BE SUBJECT TO AN EARLY TERMINATION FEE IF YOU CANCEL SERVICES BEFORE THE END OF THE MINIMUM SERVICE TERM (OR IF WE TERMINATE YOUR SERVICE EARLY FOR CAUSE UNDER THE AGREEMENT).

b. If your service plan does not include a minimum service term or, if it does and you reach the end of the minimum service term, your service term will be “month-to-month” and will not be subject to an Early Termination Fee if you cancel your service.

c. If your service term is month-to-month, the company can change the price of your service by providing you at least one billing cycle’s notice of the change.

Maximum Monthly Data Caps

a. Your service order indicates whether you are subject to a maximum monthly data cap on your service. The cap states the aggregate number of megabytes of data that you may send and receive using the service in a single billing cycle. If your use of the services exceeds the cap in any billing cycle, you will be subject to an additional charge at a rate indicated in your service order agreement.

b. The company will attempt to contact each customer via SMS before monthly caps are exceeded. However, it is each customer’s responsibility for keeping track of his or her data use. The company makes current data usage information available to its customers. You may track your usage by visiting billpay.westcentral.com. Unused data in a given billing cycle does not “roll over” to future billing cycles.

Changing or Cancelling Service

a. If you cancel your service, in addition to any applicable Early Termination Fee, you must pay for your use of the service up until the date on which you cancelled, including charges for exceeding any data cap that applied to your account, and applicable taxes.

b. If, during the minimum service term, you decide to change to another service plan (for example, one with different rates or usage allowances) or to add additional services, such as international roaming, to your plan, then the company has the right to restart the minimum service term from the beginning of the change in plan or addition of service.

c. If, during the minimum service term, the company changes the terms of your service and the changes are materially disadvantageous to you, you may terminate the service without paying an Early Termination Fee by providing written notice to the company within 30 days of the effective date of the change.

Privacy Policy Related to Network Management Practices:

We collect information about your use of our products and services. Information such as call records, websites visited, wireless location, application and feature usage, network traffic data, service options you choose, mobile and device number, and other similar information may be used for billing purposes, to deliver and maintain products and services, provide E-911 assistance or to help you with service-related issues or questions. In addition, subject to any legal restrictions that may apply, this information may be used for other purposes such as providing you with information about product or service enhancements, determining your eligibility for new products and services, and marketing to you based on your use of your products and services. This information may also be used to: (1) manage and protect our networks, services and users from fraudulent, abusive, or unlawful uses; and (2) subject to consent practices described in this policy, help us improve our services, research and develop new products, and offer promotions and other services. This type of information may be aggregated for business and marketing uses by us or by third parties.

If you subscribe to the company Internet access services, we may automatically measure and monitor network performance and the performance of your Internet connection to improve your, or our, overall service levels. If you contact us for service support, we also may access information about your computer, wireless device or other device settings to provide customized technical support or to install specific applications or services that you use or that are necessary to the applications or services you use.

The company will not gather information from your use of our Internet access services to direct customized advertising specifically to you based on your visits over time and across different non-the company websites, unless we first provide you with notice of our plan and obtain your affirmative consent.

Please note that the company is not responsible for information, content, applications or services provided by others. Before you access, use, link to or download a service or application on your computer or wireless device, you should review the associated terms of service and privacy policy. Personal information you submit in those contexts may be read, collected or used by the service or application provider and others associated with these forums in a manner different from that described here.

Information Provided to Us by Third Parties

When you purchase products or apply for service with us, we may obtain credit information about you from outside credit reporting agencies to help us with customer authentication and credit-related decisions.

Cookies:

A cookie is a small data string that is written on your computer hard drive by a web server. (A web server is the computer that hosts a website and responds to requests received from your computer). Cookies can play an important role in providing a good customer experience using the web, such as enabling a website to maintain information when a user's web browser requests a series of web pages.

Cookies generally hold information, including data strings that contain a unique user ID which allow websites, including the company websites, to customize your experiences on the sites and gather information about your navigation of the sites. Information gathered from cookies also helps us understand how our sites are performing and provides website usage information to support customizing and improving our sites and their messaging and advertisements. We also use cookies to help verify the identity of a website user or to recognize you as a registered user and remember your settings and preferences.

You can manage cookies by using features and functions available on most Internet browsers. For example, most browsers will allow you to choose what cookies can be placed on your computer and to delete or disable cookies. You can find instructions for managing cookie controls on websites for particular browsers. Please note that disabling cookies may prevent you from using specific features on our sites and other websites, such as ordering products or services and maintaining an online account.

Cookies associated with your Flash Player may be removed by managing your settings with Adobe by visiting: http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/security/.

Web Beacons

The company and third-party advertisers may use web beacons. Some the company websites contain web beacons in the form of clear .gif files, which are electronic images that allow for the collection of information about your interactions on our sites. Web beacons may be used to place advertisements, to understand website traffic patterns and the number of visitors to our website, and to measure the effectiveness of advertisements or email advertising messages.

Additional Information for Mobile Wireless Customers

The company collects and uses mobile device location data for a variety of purposes, including provide our mobile voice and data services and emergency services such as E-911.

Many types of wireless applications and services use mobile device location data, including applications provided by other companies and wireless device operating systems. When you are considering new applications or services, you should carefully review the location-based services' or application providers' privacy policies to learn how they collect and use your information.

 Redress Options:

 

If you have any questions or complaints about any of the policies outlined above, how they pertain to you, or specific service and network questions relating to your account, you can contact our offices the following ways:

            E-mail: info@wcc.net

            Phone: 800-695-9016

            Postal Mail: 3389 Knickerbocker Road, San Angelo, TX 76904

            Or come by any retail store location

The company will make all attempts to resolve any questions, problems, or complaints received, however some items may not be within the company’s control to solve.

For any complaints or questions concerning any 3rd party applications or services that are being subscribed to, please contract those vendors directly for support. The company is not responsible or liable for any problems resulting from the use of 3rd party vendors, and generally will not be able to answer questions or provide support for these applications.