Acceptable Use Policy

If you have any questions that fall outside of the subjects covered, please feel free to contact our management at your convenience for further clarification.


Users of Minnesota OnLine agree to abide by this acceptable use policy, by continued use of the system and by their subscription to the system.

Unacceptable Use

The following are prohibited uses of your Minnesota Online account, and can cause Immediate suspension of services:

  • Giving others access to your account. Accounts are for one person or business account only. Multiple logins using a single login ID are NOT permitted (unless MNO provides for special provisioning).
  • Use of one User ID or IP Address to simultaneously connect to Minnesota OnLine from the same or from more than one location., unless MNO provides for special provisioning..
  • Each dial-up user is entitled to engage a maximum of one dialup line at a time; however, multiple Telnet connections are permitted, with or without a dialup connection being in effect at the time.
  • Use of any program that establishes or reestablishes an unattended connection, for example, using automatic re-dialing programs or mailers that automatically download mail while you are away. Access is for interactive use only.
  • SHELL accounts, with exception to UUCP accounts, that use SLIP emulators (such as TIA, SLIRP, etc.), ping daemons, and other programs that simulate an active connection or run in the background is not permitted, unless provisioned by MNO. Accounts that use these emulators will be force upgraded to a dedicated SLIP/PPP account and will be billed accordingly.
  • Using your account to provide Internet bound access to your computer. In other words, using your computer and connection as a "server" instead of as a "client". Running servers on dialup SLIP/PPP is prohibited.
    Servers are allowed on dedicated lines and accounts ONLY.
  • All prices quoted for personal accounts are for non-commercial use. No resale of service is permitted
  • Dedicated SLIP/PPP are not intended for resale and are for one (1) organization only. Contact Minnesota OnLine for more information about resale-able account pricing.

Respecting Others

  • Respect the privacy of other users. Users shall not intentionally seek information on, obtain copies of, or modify files, other data, or passwords belonging to other users, or represent themselves as another user. Please remember to respect the legal protection provided by copyright and license to programs and data. Malicious use is not acceptable. Use should be consistent with guiding ethical statements and accepted community standards. Minnesota OnLine’s networks may not be used in ways that violate applicable laws or regulations.
  • It is ILLEGAL to use pirated software. Anyone using, storing or trafficking unlicensed software on Minnesota OnLine’s System will have their account terminated immediately, with NO refund of unused time available. Plus a review for Legal accountability will be performed.

Respecting the Integrity of Computing Systems

  • Users shall not intentionally develop programs that harass other users or infiltrate a computer or computing system and/or damage or alter the software components of a computer or computing system.

Unsolicited Emailing "SPAM"

  • Minnesota OnLine will investigate complaints regarding e-mail and may, in its sole discretion, take action based on the rules below. If an e-mail message is found to violate one of the policies below, or to contain unlawful material, as described in other sections of this policy, Minnesota OnLine may take action as outlined.
  • Minnesota OnLine account-holders may not send e-mail to any user who does not wish to receive it, either at Minnesota OnLine or elsewhere. Minnesota Online recognizes that e-mail is an informal medium; however, account-holders must refrain from sending further e-mail to a user after receiving a request to stop.
  • Unsolicited advertising mailings, whether commercial or informational, are strictly prohibited. Minnesota OnLine account-holders may send advertising material only to addresses, which have specifically requested it. Minnesota OnLine will not forward mail of accounts terminated for bulk mailing or unsolicited advertising.
  • Chain letters are unsolicited by definition and may not be propagated using Minnesota OnLine services.
  • Minnesota OnLine account-holders may not send, propagate, or reply to mail-bombs. Mail-bombing is defined as either e-mailing copies of a single message to many account-holders, or sending large or multiple files or messages to a single user with malicious intent.
  • Minnesota OnLine account-holders may not alter the headers of e-mail messages to conceal their e-mail address or to prevent account-holders from responding to messages.
  • Minnesota OnLine Users may not use programs or services to try to hide, mask, redirect, or in any way cause their email identity to be anonymous.
  • Violations of the Minnesota OnLine policies outlined in this document can sometimes result in massive numbers of e-mail responses. If a Minnesota OnLine account-holder receives so much e-mail that Minnesota Online resources are affected, Minnesota OnLine staff may shut down the account-holders mailbox.
  • Any customer (Personal or Commercial) violating Minnesota Online anti-spam policy will be billed a minimum of $200.00 per hour, minimum 1 hour, for any work incurred by our support, help-desk, system administration or Legal personnel as a result of this activity. There will be NO exceptions, and it is our policy in such instances to employ aggressive collection procedures, including litigation if required.

Usenet Posting

  • Every user MUST read the messages regularly posted to the group, BEFORE posting any articles to any particular newsgroup, and insure that they are familiar with the policies and formalities (if any) of that specific group. Please post articles appropriately, according to USENET guidelines. "Spamming" or any of it's related forms, are expressly prohibited and can be cause for immediate termination, with NO refund of unused time available. Mass mail-outs also fall into this area, and are defined as sending unsolicited messages or files to multiple locations or users. These activities are in violation of Minnesota Online anti-spam policy. Any customer (Personal or Commercial) found to be in violation of this policy will be billed at the rate of up to, but not limited to $200.00 per hour, with a one hour minimum, for any work incurred by our support, help-desk, system administration or Legal personnel as a result of this activity. There will be NO exceptions, and it is our policy in such instances to employ aggressive collection procedures, including litigation if required.



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