The abuse and misuse of e-mail is a serious problem, and Total
Online Solutions Inc. will not tolerate it.
Definition of UCE (Unsolicited Commercial E-mail), or SPAM:
The bulk UCE, promotional material, or other forms of solicitation
sent via e-mail that advertise any IP address belonging to Total
Online Solutions Inc. or any URL (domain) that is hosted by Total
Online Solutions Inc..
Unsolicited postings to newsgroups advertising any IP or URL hosted
by Total Online Solutions Inc..
The use of web pages set up on ISPs that allow Spamming (also known
as "ghost sites") that directly or indirectly reference
customers to domains or IP addresses hosted by Total Online Solutions
Advertising, transmitting, or otherwise making available any software,
program, product, or service that is designed to facilitate a means
Forging or misrepresenting message headers, whether in whole or
in part, to mask the true origin of the message.
For further information on mail abuse, please visit the Mail Abuse
Prevention System (MAPS) website.
Repercussions of SPAM:
Across the Web, it is generally accepted that SPAM is an inconsiderate
and improper business practice.
SPAM is not only harmful because of its negative impact on consumer
attitudes toward Total Online Solutions Inc., but also because it
can overload Total Online Solutions Inc. network and resources,
especially on our shared (virtual) server environments.
Since it is unsolicited, users who receive SPAM often become angry
and send complaints to our upstream providers. This upsets our providers
who abhor SPAM for the same reasons that Total Online Solutions
Inc. does - it causes negative consumer attitudes and drains resources.
We strive to maintain favorable business relationships in the Web
community and obviously will not allow any practice that threatens
Punishment For SPAM:
Total Online Solutions Inc. reserves the right to terminate, without
warning, any account that violates this policy. Usage of Total Online
Solutions Inc. services constitutes acceptance and understanding
of this policy.
Total Online Solutions Inc. will charge $30.00 per SPAM complaint
we receive for both Dedicated and Virtual Server customers. Our
provider receives this fine from their Network providers and these
fines are passed on to the responsible party. These are non-refundable
charges and will be invoiced at the time of complaint notification.
Total Online Solutions Inc. reserves the right to decide what it
considers "SPAM", "UCE", "mail bombing",
or "bulk e-mail", and to determine from all of the evidence
whether or not the e-mail recipients were from an "opt-in"
Should you choose to e-mail from Total Online Solutions Inc. servers,
especially if you use mailing lists, you must read and adhere to
the following guidelines, which are offered as a statement of Internet
standards and best current practices for proper mailing list management
and preventing e-mail abuse.
Basic Mailing List Management Principles for Preventing
Mailing lists are an excellent vehicle for distributing focused,
targeted information to an interested, receptive audience. Consequently,
mailing lists have been used successfully as a highly effective
direct marketing tool.
Unfortunately, some marketers misuse mailing lists through a lack
of understanding of Internet customs and rules of the forum pertaining
to e-mail. Others fail to take adequate precautions to prevent the
lists they manage from being used in an abusive manner.
The e-mail addresses of new subscribers must be confirmed or verified
before mailings commence. This is usually accomplished by means
of an e-mail message sent to the subscriber to which s/he must reply,
or containing a URL which s/he must visit, in order to complete
the subscription. However it is implemented, a fundamental requirement
of all lists is the verification of all new subscriptions.
Mailing list administrators must provide a simple method for subscribers
to terminate their subscriptions, and administrators should provide
clear and effective instructions for unsubscribing from a mailing
list. Mailings from a list must cease promptly once a subscription
Mailing list administrators should make an "out of band"
procedure (e.g., a means of contact by which messages may be sent
for further correspondence via e-mail or telephone) available for
those who wish to terminate their mailing list subscriptions but
are unable or unwilling to follow standard automated procedures.
Mailing list administrators must ensure that the impact of their
mailings on the networks and hosts of others is minimized by proper
list management procedures such as pruning of invalid or undeliverable
addresses, or taking steps to ensure that mailings do not overwhelm
less robust hosts or networks.
Mailing list administrators must take adequate steps to ensure
that their lists are not used for abusive purposes. For example,
administrators can maintain a "suppression list" of e-mail
addresses from which all subscription requests are rejected. Addresses
would be added to the suppression list upon request by the parties
entitled to use the addresses at issue. The purpose of the suppression
list would be to prevent subscription of addresses appearing on
the suppression list by unauthorized third parties. Such suppression
lists should also give properly authorized domain administrators
the option to suppress all mailings to the domains for which they
Mailing list administrators must make adequate disclosures about
how subscriber addresses will be used, including whether or not
addresses are subject to sale or trade with other parties. Once
a mailing list is traded or sold, it may no longer be an opt-in
mailing list. Therefore, those who are acquiring "opt-in"
lists from others must examine the terms and conditions under which
the addresses were originally compiled and determine that all recipients
have in fact opted-in specifically to the mailing lists to which
they are being traded or sold.
Mailing list administrators should make adequate disclosures about
the nature of their mailing lists, including the subject matter
of the lists and anticipated frequency of messages. A substantive
change in either the subject matter or frequency of messages may
constitute a new and separate mailing list requiring a separate
subscription. List administrators should create a new mailing list
when there is a substantive change in either the subject matter
or frequency of messages. A notification about the new mailing list
may be appropriate on the existing mailing list, but existing subscribers
should never be subscribed automatically to the new list. For example,
if Company A acquires Company B, and Company B has compiled opt-in
mailing lists, Company A should not summarily incorporate Company
B's mailing lists into its own.
*This SPAM (UCE) Accepted Use Policy and all other Total Online
Solutions Inc. policies are subject to change by Total Online Solutions
Inc. without notice. Continued usage of the services after a change
to this policy is implemented and posted on the Total Online Solutions
Inc. site constitutes your acceptance of such change or policy.
We encourage you to regularly check the Total Online Solutions Inc.
site for any changes or additions.