Internet Access and Service Agreement


This INTERNET ACCESS AND SERVICE AGREEMENT (the "Agreement") is entered into between MetaLINK Technologies, Inc. ("MetaLINK" or “Provider”) and the customer or company (collectively referred to as “Customer”) specified in the Business Service Order or Wireless Service Order (collectively referred to as “Service Order”). The Agreement specifically incorporates the provisions of the Service Order signed by the Customer.

1. AGREEMENT; NATURE OF SERVICE

(a) MetaLINK shall provide Customer a “Connection” to the Internet (“Service” or “Services”) from MetaLINK's closest Point of Presence (“POP”) according to the terms and conditions of this Agreement. Customer will receive from MetaLINK the requirements necessary to provide Customer with the Connection, which shall include, but not be limited to computer or router configuration information, the Customer’s demarcation point (the "Requirements"). Customer shall pay MetaLINK a monthly service and installation fee as outlined in the Service Order which shall be due upon Customer execution hereof. By using the Services, the Customer is becoming a party to and agrees to be bound by this Agreement. Customer certifies to MetaLINK that Customer is not a minor and has the legal authority to enter this Agreement. Underage users MUST have a parent or legal guardian open the account, which constitutes the parent’s, or guardian’s acceptance of and responsibility for the terms and conditions set forth herein. Parental discretion is advised. In addition, the Customer’s use of the Services is subject to all license agreements in connection with the software supplied by MetaLINK, all of which are incorporated herein. By accepting this Agreement and using the Services, Customer signifies that Customer has read the Agreement in its entirety, understands all clauses in this Agreement, and agrees to be bound and responsible for all terms and contained herein. If Customer does not agree to all the terms of this Agreement, Customer must NOT install or use the Services on their computer(s) or other access device and must contact MetaLINK immediately to terminate Services. Should Customer fail to cancel Services, Customer shall be held responsible for the terms and conditions. Usage of the Services is acceptance of the terms and conditions of this Agreement. MetaLINK reserves the right to refuse any account.
(b) Fixed Location Service. Customer acknowledges that this is a fixed-location Service and may not be moved to a different residence or place of business. An adequate signal is required for this Service. If Customer moves residences or its place of business, the Customer shall notify MetaLINK that this Agreement shall be terminated and the applicable provisions of this Agreement will apply. Customer understands that wireless Internet connectivity requires an adequate signal, and that any obstruction between MetaLINK and Customer antenna may degrade the Customer signal. MetaLINK is not responsible or liable for any of the following: Any obstruction(s) that might be erected or grow between Customer antenna and MetaLINK POP causing degradation or loss of service; debris or ice on an antenna; damage to antenna by any external source; re-aiming the antenna later than 14 days after installation; installing hardware and/or software in a different computer after initial installation; and re-configuration of network settings due to, but not limited to: tampering, re-installation of operating system, accidental removal, moving the hardware to another computer. Customer understands that because tree leaves hold water, they absorb the signal, and that will degrade or disrupt Customer connectivity. By having equipment installed during a time of year when there are little or no leaves on the trees, Customer runs the risk of losing connectivity when the leaves come back on the trees. Customer may require extra hardware and setup at that time. MetaLINK shall not be held liable for any charges, nor will Customer be entitled to any type of refund. Customer understands that setup fees are non-refundable if the Connection is operable and that setup fees are not refundable later than 14 days after installation. Setup fees are only refundable if the connection is not working within 14 days after installation.

2. EQUIPMENT PROVIDED. MetaLINK or its agent or contractor may provide Customer with a data outlet (if required), and equipment which may include antennae, cables, ethernet converters, radio network interface card, ethernet network interface card, amplifier and/or a router, if necessary (collectively, the "Equipment"). MetaLINK provides ethernet network interface cards only for desktops and not for laptops. MetaLINK also will provide a user manual and instructions on the use of the Equipment and the Services. The Equipment provided by MetaLINK, when properly installed in Customer's computer, will allow Customer to access and use the Services.

3. TERM

(a) Two Year Minimum Service Requirement. If the Customer selects a term commitment, the Customer agrees to maintain the wireless Services for a minimum period of twenty-four (24) months. If prior to the end of the 24-month term, Customer cancels the Services for any reason or MetaLINK terminates the Agreement due to Customer's breach for non-payment of the Agreement, Customer agrees to pay to MetaLINK an early termination charge of $199.95 or such greater amount as is specified in the Service Order. The early termination fee is derived from providing Equipment to Customer below cost in consideration for the 24 month term during which MetaLINK can recover the equipment subsidy to the Customer. Thus, Customer received the benefit of not having to pay the full Equipment cost up front. The return of the Equipment does not relieve the Customer of the early termination charge.
(b) Service Commencement. This Agreement shall commence on the date the Connection is activated (the "Activation Date") and shall expire at the end of the service commitment (“Initial Term”). In the event the delay in activating the Connection is the result of Customer's failure to comply with or provide any of the requirements of this Agreement, the Activation Date shall be the date MetaLINK completes its work on the Connection. At the end of the two years, this Agreement shall automatically renew for successive month-to-month terms (each a “Renewal Term”) unless terminated by either party at least 15 days prior to the date of termination of the Initial Term or Renewal Term. MetaLINK reserves the right to change its rates for any Renewal Term by notifying Customer at least 30 days in advance of the effective date of such a rate change.

4. SERVICES

(a) Customer may increase their package speed at anytime by contacting MetaLINK during normal business hours. Package speed increases are normally processed within 8-16 business hours. Upgrade in packages will be billed the difference between the upgrade package plan and the current plan and will be prorated on the next billing statement. Decrease in package speed requests will be processed at the end of the current billing cycle.
(b) Retail Prices. This rate is subject to periodic discounts and promotions. The actual amount charged for Equipment will match the current promotional rate for Customer's market and type of installation. The actual price is referenced on the Service Order.
(c) MetaLINK may modify the terms and conditions of this Agreement at any time and in any manner. Any modifications to the terms and conditions are effective immediately upon either a posting at http://www.metalink.net/tos.html, electronic mail, or conventional mail. MetaLINK also may modify its rates for any Customer not in a 2-year term contract by notifying Customer at least 30 days in advance of the effective date of such a rate change. The Customer’s continued use of the Service following notice of any modification to this Agreement shall be conclusively deemed as acceptance of all such modification(s). If any modification to this Agreement is unacceptable to the Customer, the Customer may immediately terminate the account as provided in this Agreement.
(d) Wireless Equipment Protection Plan. The Wireless Equipment Protection Plan (“WEPP”) program will protect the Customer from incurring any additional charges associated with service calls and/or labor for the replacement of Equipment purchased and installed from MetaLINK. Customers not enrolled in WEPP will incur normal service call charges as outlined in this Agreement. WEPP will cover up to two service calls and equipment replacements per twelve month period from the date the WEPP program was setup. The program covers Equipment at Customer account installation address only. WEPP does not cover abused or misused Equipment. Customer may opt to apply for WEPP program at any time by filling out an application currently located on MetaLINK’s web site. Once the completed application is received and processed, a monthly fee of $4.95 will be charged to Customer’s account on a monthly basis. Customer agrees to maintain continuous MetaLINK Service for a period of no less than 1 year after beginning the WEPP program. Customer must subscribe to WEPP for 60 days prior to submitting a claim, or agree for one full year from date of activation and pay two months at the time of activation for a total of 14 months.

5. INSTALLATION

(a) Access and Authorization. If Customer chooses to have MetaLINK install the Service (or is in an area where the self-install option is not available), Customer authorizes MetaLINK and its employees, agents, contractors and representatives to enter Customer's premises in order to install, maintain, inspect, repair and remove the Equipment. All such services will be conducted at a time mutually agreed to by MetaLINK and Customer. Customer is responsible for cancellation of any previous Internet access service using the same infrastructure.
(b) Charge; Special Situations. The Customer is responsible for an installation charge. A typical home installation includes the simple mounting of an antenna, running of cable, and mounting of the ethernet converter and configuration of the Customer’s computer for use of the Service. A business installation or an atypical installation may result in higher installation charges to the Customer. Any non-typical installation charges will be quoted to Customer for acceptance prior to installation. MetaLINK authorized installers can handle most common installations, but are not equipped for specialized or exceptionally difficult situations. Specialized installations include, but are not limited to, the following: (1) should an installer need to enter a crawl space or attic, the space must have a minimum vertical clearance of forty-eight inches (48") and be dry and clear of debris. Attics with insulation or open rafters must have visible walk areas capable of supporting the technician and equipment. (2) Installers will not attempt any installation on Customer’s computer without the original operating system media (e.g., Windows operating CD, or Macintosh operating system CD) or suitable alternative (local CAB files, or a copy of the installation media). (3) Installers will not install software on a Windows operating system earlier than Windows 95B or NT 4.0 service pack 3. (4) An adult age 18 or older must be present on the premise at all times. (5) Installers will not move any furniture weighing over twenty-five pounds (25 lbs) or over three feet (3’) in length. (6) Any installation requiring the rental/use of a bucket truck, crane, etc.
(c) Scheduling an Installation Appointment; No Show Charge. To have a MetaLINK authorized installer complete the installation Customer will need to have the MetaLINK account information (on the letter that comes with the kit). Customer may be charged a no-show charge of $49.95 for failing to keep a scheduled appointment or for canceling an appointment less than 24 hours in advance of the appointment. This charge applies whether the appointment is for installation or for service.
(d) Computer Equipment Requirement. MetaLINK or its agent or contractor has provided Customer with materials that set forth the minimum hardware and operating system requirements necessary to use the Services. Customer represents and agrees that Customer has reviewed those materials and that the computer in which the Equipment will be installed meets these minimum computer requirements. Further, Customer understands that he or she must possess original (or equivalent) media (CD, disk, etc.) for the operating system in order for an installation to be successful.
(e) Back-Up Requirements. The installation, use, inspection, maintenance, repair and removal of the Equipment may result in Service outage or potential damage to Customer's computer. Customer acknowledges and agrees that Customer is solely responsible for backing-up all existing computer files by copying them to another storage medium prior to installation of the Equipment, and prior to any inspection, maintenance, repair or removal of the Equipment. MetaLINK and its employees, agents, contractors and representatives shall have no liability whatsoever for any damage to or loss or destruction of any of Customer's software, files, data or peripherals.
(f) Access; File Modification. In order to install the Equipment, it may be necessary to open Customer's computer. In addition, as part of the installation process for the software, as when most software is installed on a computer, system files on Customer's computer, such as INI, BAT, SYS and DLL files, may be modified or deleted. MetaLINK does not represent, warrant, or covenant that such modifications or deletions will not disrupt the normal operations of Customer's computer, and MetaLINK and its agents and contractors shall have no liability whatsoever for any damages resulting from the modifications or deletions.
(g) Full Installation. If Customer chooses to have MetaLINK install the Service (or is in an area where the self-install option is not available), the Customer agrees to permit MetaLINK to open Customer's computer in order to install the Equipment. MetaLINK or its agent or contractor shall use reasonable efforts to install the Equipment to full operational status.
(h) Impact on Computer Warranty. Customer assumes responsibility for impacts to or loss of any warranty associated with the opening of Customer's computer for installation of an internal network interface card or which may include antennae, cable, ethernet converter or jack, radio network interface card, amplifier and/or a router, if necessary.
(i) Self-Installation. At MetaLINK's sole option, MetaLINK may permit Customer to perform installation of the Equipment by Customer or have installation performed by a third party selected by Customer. In such case, MetaLINK or its agent or contractor shall supply the Equipment which may include the antennae, cable, ethernet converter, network interface card, radio network interface card, amplifier and/or a router, if necessary, and any software, and limited quantities of telephone wiring supplies. METALINK DOES NOT REPRESENT, WARRANT OR COVENANT THAT INSTALLATION BY CUSTOMER OR A THIRD PARTY CHOSEN BY CUSTOMER WILL ENABLE CUSTOMER TO SUCCESSFULLY ACCESS, OPERATE OR USE THE SERVICES, NOR THAT SUCH INSTALLATION WILL NOT CAUSE DAMAGE TO CUSTOMER'S COMPUTER, DATA, SOFTWARE, FILES OR PERIPHERALS. IN ADDITION, METALINK AND ITS AGENTS AND CONTRACTORS SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY WHATSOEVER FOR ANY DAMAGE, OR FOR THE FAILURE TO PROPERLY INSTALL, ACCESS, USE OR OPERATE THE EQUIPMENT OR SERVICES BY ANY CUSTOMER WHO CHOOSES THIS METHOD OF INSTALLATION. THE FOREGOING LIMITATION OF LIABILITY IS IN ADDITION TO AND SHALL IN NO WAY BE CONSTRUED TO LIMIT ANY AND ALL LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY SET FORTH ELSEWHERE IN THIS AGREEMENT.
(j) If software is installed in connection with the Service, Customer will comply with the terms and conditions of the manufacturer’s license for such software.

6. REPAIRS

(a) MetaLINK's Technical Support group is on call to resolve any problems Customer may encounter. Customer may contact technical support for assistance. Should Customer have a problem that cannot be resolved over the telephone with our technical support, Customer may elect to schedule a repair visit. Repair calls are charged at $45.00/per technician /per hour with an additional one-half of the drive time being charged plus the cost of replacement Equipment, if necessary, as noted in the "Warranty" section below. If the repair requires the MetaLINK technician to open the computer up then the Customer is agreeing to hold MetaLINK harmless. Repair calls cover the following conditions: replacement of defective equipment which may include antennae, cable, ethernet converter or jack, radio network interface card, amplifier and/or a router, if necessary, or Network Interface Card, provided MetaLINK originally supplied it; and troubleshooting of connection problems. Any service calls made after the initial 14-day post install time frame are subject to a fee of $45 per hour. Any charges incurred from the service call will be billed in the same method as monthly billing. To receive optimal service, Customer agrees to notify MetaLINK of any additional equipment purchased and added to the wireless setup as some equipment may alter or interrupt current service.
(b) PLEASE NOTE THAT METALINK AUTHORIZED INSTALLERS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO CORRECT HARDWARE OR SOFTWARE PROBLEMS WITH YOUR COMPUTER, OTHER THAN AS NECESSARY TO REPLACE AN INOPERABLE WIRELESS EQUIPMENT OR NETWORK INTERFACE CARD PROVIDED BY METALINK. FOR GENERAL COMPUTER REPAIR OR SUPPORT UNRELATED TO WIRELESS SERVICE, PLEASE REFER TO THE COMPUTER MANUFACTURER OR SOFTWARE VENDOR FOR FURTHER SUPPORT INFORMATION OR AUTHORIZED REPAIR SERVICES. AS AN ADDITIONAL SERVICE, METALINK DOES OFFER COMPUTER REPAIR SERVICES AT 1427 W HIGH ST IN BRYAN, AND 417 WAYNE AVENUE IN DEFIANCE.

7. PAYMENT TERMS

(a) MetaLINK’s accounting cycle begins on the first (1st) of each calendar month. Service charges will be billed in advance of receiving Services. The exception to this is during the first month for unlimited accounts. In this circumstance, the Service payment for the time period between the Activation Date and the end of the month for the unlimited accounts will be prorated and included either on an invoice enclosed with the MetaLINK’s software, mailed separately, or on the next billing cycle. Customer acknowledges responsibility for the account until the payment is made in full. The Customer’s account will be billed via US Postal Mail, E-mail or credit card. Invoices sent via US Mail will incur a one-dollar processing fee.
(b) Customer is required to have a valid credit card on file at all times. Should Customer become delinquent on their payments, MetaLINK reserves the right to process overdue charges automatically to the credit card on file. Customer expressly consents to MetaLINK processing delinquent amounts on the credit card provided.
(c) By accepting these terms, Customer is bound and responsible for the full term of the Service package sold. Customer’s action is required to cancel the Service. Failure to cancel said Service package does not waive the Customer’s responsibility for the account. Cancellation must be requested in writing or via phone prior to the end of said term. If cancellation is requested by phone, a cancellation confirmation number will be given to the Customer confirming the request. Packages automatically renew at the end of the agreed upon term on a month-to-month basis unless the Customer provides written notice to MetaLINK or calls in and receives a cancellation confirmation number. Likewise, package change requests must be given prior to the beginning of the next term. In the event of cancellation (for all Services other than the two (2) year term Service for Wireless and/or DSL Service) or package change request, Customer acknowledges that cancellation or changes will not take effect until the end of the current billing cycle, and there are no refunds for partial months.
(d) Agreement to Pay. Customer agrees to pay the monthly charges and other fees, including applicable taxes, for the Equipment and Services as established from time to time by MetaLINK. Current charges are set forth in the Service Order and are subject to change as specified elsewhere in this Agreement.
(e) Payment Methods. Customer will be invoiced monthly in advance for all amounts due and owed to MetaLINK. All payments are due within 15 days after the date of such an invoice. Customer's account may be terminated or suspended if payment is not received by the 16th of the following month.
(f) Price Changes. Unless in a 2-year term contract, Customer acknowledges and agrees that MetaLINK has the right to change its charges at any time subject to applicable law and upon thirty days prior notice to Customer.
(g) Customer Charges. Customer acknowledges that Customer may incur charges while using the Services. For example, charges may be incurred as a result of accessing certain information, or purchasing or subscribing to certain offerings, via the Internet. Customer agrees that all charges, including all applicable taxes, shall be paid by Customer and are not the responsibility of MetaLINK.
(h) Unless in a two-year term contract, MetaLINK reserves the right to change fees, surcharges, and monthly fees or to institute new fees at any time upon thirty days prior notice. In the event that a Customer’s account is terminated or canceled, credits will be forfeited. Customer’s account is not convertible to cash or other forms of credit. If MetaLINK does not receive the full amount of Customer’s account balance by the invoice due date, a five dollar late charge will be added to Customer’s account balance and shall be due and payable. MetaLINK reserves the right to disable Customer’s account for non-payment once an account is in past due status. Customer accounts disabled for non-payment will be charged a reconnect fee up to $45 per occurrence. Service will not be re-activated until all charges including late fees are paid in full. Customer shall also be liable for all attorney and collection fees arising from MetaLINK’s efforts to collect any unpaid balance of Customer’s account(s). Customers turned over to collections will not have their service reinstated until said fees along with the outstanding balance are paid in full.
(i) Payment plans are available for accounts in past due status. Payment arrangements must be setup within 30 days of the date the first outstanding charge posted to the Customer account. Minimum payment arrangements of $20 will be acceptable with all other payment amounts considered. Payment arrangements will not cease additional late fees from being applied against the Customer account. If a payment is not made as agreed, Customer account will automatically be sent to a collection agency for further collection action.
(j) Customer agrees that the Service charges are based on the Customer’s account being active and available. MetaLINK is not responsible for crediting for time when the Customer’s account was active and available but not being used for any reason. If Customer notifies MetaLINK in writing that they will not be using the Service for the period of a full month or more, and then calls back at the end of the period of inactivity, MetaLINK may at MetaLINK’s option credit a month’s time at the end of the Customer’s current package or each month the account was not being used. MetaLINK is under no obligation to make such arrangements if Customer does not notify MetaLINK in advance. MetaLINK reserves the right to refuse this arrangement in specific cases to be determined by MetaLINK, or at any time Customer’s package goes past its regular ending period.
(k) Accounts may be placed on hold or vacation mode for periods up to 3 (three) full months. Customer must inform MetaLINK in advance of the account hold/vacation. All requests will be made effective at the end of the current billing cycle and will automatically resume at the end of the 3rd month. If Customer is still under a term contract, the months on hold will be added to the end of the term contract. For example, if the 2 year contract term began on 1/1/2011 and ended 1/1/2013, the three months would be added making the new contract end date 4/1/2013.
(l) In the case of termination of the two (2) year term Service for Wireless and/or DSL Service, Customer will be responsible for the full charge of any early termination penalty and all applicable late fees. The early termination penalty is discussed in the Service Order, Wireless Access Agreement, or the DSL Access Agreement. Early termination of a pre-paid or multiple-month unlimited interactive access dial-up plan such as the 3, 6, or 12 month plans will billed the normal published monthly unlimited rate times the number of months in which the Customer’s account was active/available as of the date a cancellation request is made. In the event an account needs to be canceled due to the account holder passing away, a copy of the death certificate along with a letter outlining what needs to be done with the account is required. Letters will be accepted from the executor of the estate, the attorney’s office handling the estate or other representatives as deemed acceptable solely at MetaLINK’s discretion. Cancellations will be processed as outlined in this Terms of Service.
(m) Customers are responsible for payment regardless of whether or not an invoice was received. MetaLINK is not responsible for any payments that are not received. Customer’s current balance and payments received as well as other billing information may be obtained by phone at 888-999-8002 option 3 or on the Internet at https://billing.metalink.net.
(n) When Customer provides a check as payment, MetaLINK is authorized to use information from the check to make a one-time electronic fund transfer from the account, or to process the payment as a check. The Customer authorizes MetaLINK to collect a fee up to $25 (plus a bank fee if allowed by state law) through electronic fund transfer from the account if the payment is returned unpaid. All refunds, returned checks or insufficient funds checks are subject to a $25 processing fee.
(o) Customers requesting automatic credit card billing will have monthly charges processed around the 10th of each month. The exception to this is the first billing cycle. Any start-up fees will be billed in advance of the installation while the initial monthly fees will be billed shortly after the installation is completed. The initial charges may include any additional equipment purchased at the time of the installation, prorated services for the current month and the next full month service depending on the time of month the installation is completed in comparison to our normal monthly billing process.

8. USE OF SERVICES

(a) MetaLINK sells “Unlimited Interactive Access” plans that are defined as a temporary, on-demand connection to the Internet that incurs no overtime charges for usage beyond a particular point. Unlimited Interactive Access explicitly implies that Customer terminates the Internet connection when it is not actively being used and does not use any artificial means to stimulate usage in order to remain online. MetaLINK reserves the right to terminate connections that have been in place for an excessive period of time. MetaLINK also reserves the right to terminate connections that have been inactive for an excessive period of time. In both cases, MetaLINK reserves the right to determine what is considered an excessive period of time. Customers that consistently show excessive usage on their accounts may be switched to a dedicated dial-up plan. MetaLINK maintains both “on-network” and “off-network” dial-up modem ports. On-network dial-up modem ports are phone numbers that are connected to equipment owned and operated by MetaLINK. Off-network dial-up modem ports are phone numbers that are connected to equipment owned and operated by a third party which the MetaLINK contracts for service. The off-network modem ports are subject to the terms and conditions of the third party.
(b) Customer fully understands that MetaLINK can only offer a method to access the Internet, and does not edit the content of the Internet or make any measures to restrict the content available on the Internet, except in some limited cases where the Customer has requested such action, and even in those cases the MetaLINK’s ability to filter undesirable information is not complete. MetaLINK does not assume any responsibility for material which the Customer accesses online, whether such material is obscene, indecent, violent, or whether it contains computer viruses or anything else objectionable to the Customer or harmful to the Customer’s computer, as MetaLINK has no control over such material available online. MetaLINK reserves the right to attempt to filter some unwanted content, but provides no assurance that such attempts are guaranteed to work and assumes no liability if the Customer accesses such information despite any filtering.
(c) Customer acknowledges and agrees that use of the Services is subject to the terms and conditions of MetaLINK's then-current signed Service Order and Agreement (which can be found linked from the MetaLINK Home Page at http://www.metalink.net/tos.html), as well as the license agreements associated with the software provided by MetaLINK. MetaLINK reserves the right to change this Agreement at any time as provided elsewhere in the Agreement.
(d) Customer is responsible for all activities and charges resulting from the use of the Customer’s account for the Service. Customer agrees to pay all monthly fees, connect time charges, and other charges incurred by Customer and/or his/her/its designated users. In the event of a breach of the Customer’s account, Customer will remain liable for any unauthorized use of the Service up to the time Customer notifies MetaLINK of the breach or it is otherwise discovered by MetaLINK.
(e) MetaLINK’s free technical support includes configuring and maintaining the Service and related features of the Service as they relate to the MetaLINK. Issues relating to other providers, web-site specific applications or the Customer’s system hardware may not be supported. MetaLINK is not responsible for damage to any computer resulting from the assistance of technical support in a good faith effort or for software and/or system failures that happen at the same time as the Customer installs or uses the software provided by MetaLINK.
(f) Customer agrees that MetaLINK has the right to stop any mail processes being run by Customer that are adversely affecting system performance. In these and all instances of system performance being affected, MetaLINK is the sole judge of what is adverse.
(g) MetaLINK does not restrict personal E-mail or newsgroup postings. However, the sending of unsolicited bulk E-mail (“UBE”) or unsolicited commercial E-mail (“UCE”) is strictly prohibited, whether it is through MetaLINK’s connectivity services or mail servers. If a person is reasonably suspected of sending either UBE or UCE or both, MetaLINK reserves the right to immediately deactivate the account. MetaLINK will only re-activate the account after a thorough discussion of the issue with Customer, and even then reserves the right to not do so. If it is confirmed that a Customer has violated MetaLINK’s UBE or UCE policy, MetaLINK reserves the right to permanently terminate the account with no refund and issue a $250 fine with additional charges of $50 per complaint received. Abusive conduct in E-mail shall also not be tolerated and shall be considered grounds for account deactivation in a like manner.
(h) Customer agrees to the following:
  • Customer may not permit other individuals whom do not reside at the Customer’s address to use their account.
  • Customer may not permit concurrent use of the Service
  • Customer must maintain the confidentiality of his/her password and assumes all responsibility for any failures to maintain said confidentiality.
  • Customer may not have the same username in use on two or more dial-in sessions at the same time unless Customer’s service plan allows for such usage.
  • Customer agrees to provide MetaLINK with accurate, complete, and updated information including Customer’s legal name, address, and working contact telephone number(s).
  • Customer agrees to notify MetaLINK within 30 days of any change in Customer’s registration data.
(i) Customer may order and purchase merchandise, services, and/or software from other third-party venders (“Seller(s)”) on the Internet, who are not affiliated with MetaLINK. MetaLINK shall not be a party to a transaction between Customer and Seller, or be liable for any cost or damage arising either directly or indirectly from any action or inaction of either Customer or Seller. MetaLINK will not be bound by any licensure associated with these agreements between Customer and Sellers.
(j) MetaLINK assumes no liability for any fees charged by phone companies or other third parties due to long distance calls and/or additional services. It is the Customer’s responsibility to verify the number they are dialing for Internet access is correct and understand that third party charges may apply.
(k) Services from MetaLINK may only be used for lawful purposes. Customer’s use of account or service in an illegal manner shall be considered grounds for immediate termination. Upon request of MetaLINK, Customer agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless MetaLINK and employees, officers, directors, agents and licensees of MetaLINK against any claims or expense, including reasonable attorney’s fees, that arise from Customer’s use of Service and the Internet.
(l) MetaLINK reserves the right to control and alter bandwidth for high-speed accounts when it can be shown that the activity on those accounts is adversely affecting system performance. MetaLINK reserves the sole right to determine what adverse performance is.
(m) MetaLINK has a regularly scheduled maintenance window for servicing affecting issues from 12 A.M. till 6 A.M. During this time, MetaLINK’s services may be offline. MetaLINK will give advance notice as much as possible of any anticipated downtime outside of this window. MetaLINK cannot guarantee uptime outside of this window and occasionally service outages may arise which are out of MetaLINKs control (Such as attacks on our network or acts of God). MetaLINK assumes no liability for downtime outside of the maintenance window.
(n) Force Majeure. If MetaLINK’s performance hereunder is prevented, restricted or interfered with by causes beyond its reasonable control including, but not limited to, acts of God, fire, explosion, vandalism, cable cut, power outage, storm or other similar occurrence including rain fade or other atmospheric conditions, any law, order, regulation, direction, action or request of any government, or of any department, agency, commission, court, bureau, corporation or other instrumentality of any one or more of said governments, or of any civil or military authority, or by national emergencies, insurrections, riots, wars, acts of terrorism, strikes, lockouts or work stoppages or other labor difficulties, supplier failures, shortages, breaches or delays, then its obligations due to such causes shall be excused from such performance on a day-to-day basis to the extent of such prevention, restriction or interference.
(o) MetaLINK Content Rights. MetaLINK has no obligation to monitor the Services content. However, Customer acknowledges and agrees that MetaLINK has the right to monitor content electronically from time to time and to disclose any information as necessary to satisfy any law, regulation or other governmental request, and to operate the Services properly or to protect itself or its subscribers. Upon the occurrence of a default by Customer of any provision hereunder, MetaLINK reserves the right, in addition to any other remedies which may be available to it, to terminate this Agreement and the Services to Customer. MetaLINK reserves the right to post or to remove any information or materials, in whole or in part, that in its sole discretion, are unacceptable, undesirable, or in violation of this Agreement. MetaLINK reserves the right at its sole discretion to review, modify, or refuse to post any material or information. MetaLINK will not intentionally monitor or disclose any private mail messages unless permitted or required by law. MetaLINK will not sell or release Customer’s information, including E-mail addresses, to any outside parties except as specified otherwise in this paragraph. Customer acknowledges at the same time that information transmitted through the Internet in general is not confidential, and therefore MetaLINK can take no responsibility for the privacy or protection of the Customer relating to any such information.
(p) No MetaLINK Liability for Content. Customer acknowledges that there is content on the Internet or otherwise available through the Services which may be offensive, or which may not be in compliance with all local laws, regulations and other rules. For example, it is possible through the use of the Services to obtain access to content that is pornographic, obscene, or otherwise inappropriate or offensive, particularly for children. MetaLINK assumes no responsibility for and exercises no control over the content contained on the Internet or otherwise available through the Services. In particular and without limiting the generality of the foregoing, MetaLINK neither censors nor monitors the legality of any such content. All content accessed or received by Customer through the Services is accessed and used by Customer at Customer's own risk, and MetaLINK and its employees, agents, contractors and representatives shall have no liability whatsoever for any claims, losses, actions, damages, suits or proceedings arising out of or otherwise relating to the access to or the receipt of such content by Customer.
(q) Customer must not attach any device that permits access to Services in violation of this Agreement. In addition, federal and state laws prohibit the possession, use, or attempted use of any Equipment to receive any MetaLINK Services except as expressly provided by the Agreement. The Customer assumes all responsibility for use of the Service by the Customer or by other persons using the Customer’s personal computer or account, including persons under 18 years of age.
(r) MetaLINK and its authorized representative make no representation or warranty that any software installed on the personal computer or that the Customer may download from the Internet, on-line service provider, or other information provider does not contain any virus or other damaging or destructive attributes. MetaLINK and its authorized representatives have no responsibility and assume no liability for such acts or occurrences.
(s) Because the Internet is a shared resource, MetaLINK cannot and does not warrant the security of any information on the Customer’s personal computer, or the security or accuracy of any information or data transmitted or received through the Service. MetaLINK has no liability for unauthorized access by third persons to the personal computer, files, or data of the Customer. MetaLINK does not warrant that any data or files will be transmitted or received in uncorrupted form or within a reasonable period of time.
(t) MetaLINK offers Customer access to the Internet. Customer hereby acknowledges that the Internet is not owned, operated, managed by, or in any way affiliated by MetaLINK or any of its affiliates, and that it is a separate network of computers independent of MetaLINK. Customer's use of the Internet is solely at Customer's own risk and is subject to all applicable local, state, national, and international laws and regulations. Access to the Internet is dependent on numerous factors, technologies, and systems, many of which are beyond MetaLINK’s authority and control.
(u) MetaLINK's network can only be used for lawful purposes. The transmission of any material in violation of any local, state, national, or international law or regulation is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, copyrighted material, material legally judged to be threatening or obscene, material protected by trade secret, or material that is otherwise deemed to be proprietary or judges by MetaLINK to be inappropriate or improper such as bulk e-mail messages.
(v) Access to other networks connected to MetaLINK's network must comply with the rules appropriate for that other network. MetaLINK exercises no control whatsoever over the content of the information passing through its network.

9. LIMITED WARRANTY

(a) ALL EQUIPMENT AND SERVICES ARE PROVIDED BY METALINK "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND EXCEPT AS NOTED BELOW. METALINK DOES NOT WARRANT UNINTERRUPTED USE OR OPERATION OF THE EQUIPMENT OR SERVICES. METALINK DOES NOT WARRANT THAT ANY DATA OR FILES SENT BY OR TO CUSTOMER WILL BE TRANSMITTED IN UNCORRUPTED FORM OR WITHIN A REASONABLE PERIOD OF TIME. ALL REPRESENTATIONS, WARRANTIES, ENDORSEMENTS AND CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY WARRANTIES OF TITLE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, MERCHANTABILITY AND THOSE ARISING FROM A COURSE OF DEALING OR USAGE OF TRADE, ARE HEREBY EXCLUDED.
(b) Certain Equipment may be covered by six (6) month third party manufacturer warranties that MetaLINK may pass through to Customer at no additional charge. Some items of Equipment that may be covered by such manufacturer warranties are the radio, ethernet converter, network interface card, router, and amplifier. All other items of Equipment including but not limited to the antennae, cable, or connectors will not be covered by any warranty. MetaLINK will comply with all reasonable requirements necessary to affect the pass-through of any applicable warranty to Customer. At its sole option, MetaLINK or its agent may replace defective equipment on behalf of the manufacturer, provided Customer follows all applicable procedures and obtains a return materials authorization number.
(c) Should Customer have a problem with the Equipment provided by MetaLINK, Customer may follow the procedures outlined below. Note that these procedures are subject to modification at any time. Contact MetaLINK Technical Support at 888-999-8002 (419-782-3472 in Defiance) to make sure the Equipment that may include antennae, cable, ethernet converter or jack, radio network interface card, amplifier and/or a router, if necessary, is the problem. If the Equipment is determined to be the problem, please contact the Equipment manufacturer and follow their procedures for replacement. If immediate replacement is required, a new piece of equipment can be purchased from MetaLINK at full retail price. Note that manufacturer warranties typically do not cover damage due to external causes, including accident, abuse, misuse, problems with electrical power (including lightning strikes), unauthorized service, or usage not in accordance with product instructions.
(d) MetaLINK makes no warranty of any kind, express or implied, regarding its service and availability. While a good faith effort will be made to hold any periods of a lack of service to scheduled maintenance periods, no guarantees are made as to any account, product, or Service offered by MetaLINK. MetaLINK also offers no warranty, express or implied, regarding any transmissions made by Customer on the Internet or MetaLINK’s service. Customer is solely responsible for any losses, damages, or expenses related to service failure, whether caused by MetaLINK or Customer, and agrees that MetaLINK shall not be liable for any or all of the same.

10. SPECIFIC RISKS FOR WHICH METALINK SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY.

(a) MetaLINK shall have no liability for interruption to the signal that is required for Service.
(b) Security Breaches. The Internet is a shared resource among many persons. Because of this, there is a risk that Customer could be subject to a variety of security breaches, including but not limited to eavesdropping and denial of service attacks. This means that other people may be able to access, monitor and/or alter Customer's files, data or other traffic sent or received using the Services, and/or negatively affects Customer's ability to use the Services. Any information sent by Customer over the Services network is sent at Customer's sole risk, and MetaLINK shall have no liability whatsoever for any claims, losses, actions, damages, suits or proceedings arising out of or otherwise relating to such actions by Customer.
(c) FTP/HTTP Server Setup. Customer should also be aware that when using the computer to access the Internet or any other on-line network or service via the Services, there are certain applications, such as FTP (File Transfer Protocol) server and HTTP (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol) server, which may be used to allow other Service users and Internet users to gain access to Customer's computer. Customer is permitted to run such applications for Customer's personal use and within the limitations of Section 8 of this Agreement; provided, however, that Customer acknowledges and agrees that if Customer chooses to run such applications, Customer should take the appropriate security measures and that the risk of security breaches as described in Section 10(b) of this Agreement may be significantly increased. MetaLINK shall have no liability whatsoever for any claims, losses, actions, damages, suits or proceedings resulting from or arising out of or otherwise relating to the use of such applications by Customer, including, without limitation, damages resulting from other users accessing Customer's computer.
(d) Routine Maintenance and Periodic System Repairs. Routine maintenance and periodic system repairs, upgrades and reconfigurations, public emergency or necessity, force majeure, restrictions imposed by law, acts of God, labor disputes and other situations, including mechanical or electronic breakdowns may result in temporary impairment or interruption of service. As a result, MetaLINK does not guarantee continuous or uninterrupted service and reserves the right from time to time to temporarily reduce or suspend service without notice. Customer shall indemnify and hold MetaLINK and its directors, officers, employees, and agents harmless from any and all obligations, charges claims, liabilities, costs and fees incurred as the result of interruptions or omissions of service.

11. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY; INDEMNITY.

(a) Customer Shall Indemnify MetaLINK. Customer shall indemnify MetaLINK, its affiliates, officers, directors, licensees, and licensers from any and all claims and expenses arising from Customer breach of any provision of this Agreement.
(b) All rights given to MetaLINK by the terms of Service shall be cumulative in addition to any laws which exist or might come into being. Should MetaLINK waive the right to enforce any breach of the terms of service, that waiver shall be considered temporary and not a continuing waiver of any later breach. Although MetaLINK may know when accepting payment for the Service that Customer is in fact violating one or more of the terms of this terms of service, MetaLINK’s acceptance of the payment does not waive MetaLINK’s right to enforce the breach. The MetaLINK shall not waive the right to enforce any breach unless MetaLINK signs a waiver in writing.
(c) MetaLINK under no circumstances, including negligence, or anyone else involved in creating, producing, or distributing the Service or the MetaLINK’s software, shall be liable for any damages that result from the use of or inability to use the Service or the MetaLINK’s software. This includes, but not limited to, reliance on any information obtained on the Service; or that result from omissions, interruptions, deletion of files, errors defects, viruses, delays in operation, or transmission, or any failure of performance, whether or not limited to acts of God, communications failure, theft, destruction or unauthorized access to the MetaLINK’s records, programs or services. Because some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation for consequential or incidental damages, the MetaLINK’s liability is limited to the greatest extent provided by law.
(d) MetaLINK's liability to Customer for direct damages shall be limited to a maximum of the fees paid by Customer to MetaLINK for the Services during the twelve (12) month period prior to the time when Customer's claim for direct damages arose; provided, however, that MetaLINK shall have no liability whatsoever for any damage to, loss of, or destruction of any software, files or data. In addition, MetaLINK will not be liable to Customer or to any third party for:
  • any indirect, incidental, special, punitive or consequential losses or damages, including loss of profits, loss of earnings, loss of business opportunities and personal injuries (including death), resulting directly or indirectly out of, or otherwise arising in connection with, the use of the Services by Customer or any other use of the Equipment or Services, including without limitation, any damage resulting from or arising out of Customer's reliance on or use of the Equipment or Services, or the mistakes, omission, interruptions, deletion of files, errors, defects, delays in operation, transmissions, or any failure of performance of the Equipment or Services; and
  • any losses, claims, damages, expenses, liabilities or costs (including legal fees) resulting directly or indirectly out of, or otherwise arising in connection with, any allegation, claim, suit, or other proceeding based upon a claim that the use of the Equipment or Services by Customer or a third party infringes the copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret, confidentiality, privacy, or other industrial or intellectual property rights, proprietary rights or contractual rights of any third party.
The foregoing limitation applies to the acts, omissions, negligence and gross negligence of MetaLINK, its officers, employees, agents, contractors or representatives which, but for this provision, would give rise to the cause of action against MetaLINK in contract, tort or any other legal doctrine. Customer's sole and exclusive remedies under this Agreement are as expressly set out in this Agreement.

12. AMENDMENT OF THIS AGREEMENT. Except as otherwise provided in this Agreement, MetaLINK may, in its sole discretion, change, modify, add or remove portions of this Agreement at anytime. MetaLINK will provide notice of any such changes to this Agreement to Customer by electronic mail or postal mail. Customer's continued use of the Service following notice of such change, modification or advancement shall be deemed to be Customer's acceptance of any modification. If Customer does not agree to any modification of this Agreement, Customer may terminate this Agreement in accordance with Section 13(d) of this Agreement.

13. TERMINATION.

(a) MetaLINK’s Discretionary Termination Rights. MetaLINK may terminate this Agreement, without cause, at any time by providing the Customer with not less than twenty-four (24) hours written notice of such termination. In such a case, the early termination charge will not apply.
(b) MetaLINK’s Right to Terminate Upon Customer Breach. MetaLINK may terminate this Agreement at any time based upon a Customer’s breach of this Agreement (“with cause”). In such case, the early termination charge will apply. A Customer breach may be based upon non-payment, and/or any other breach by the Customer under this Agreement (known as “with cause”). If services are terminated, a re-connection charge will apply to re-start services.
(c) Minimum Service Agreement. If the Customer selects a term commitment, the Customer agrees to maintain the Services for the minimum service agreement period. Both the minimum service period and the early termination charge are included with MetaLINK’s published rates, and are set forth in Attachment A.
(d) Customer Obligations Upon Termination. Customer agrees that upon termination of this Agreement: (i) Customer will pay MetaLINK in full for Customer's use of Services up to the end of the billing cycle in which the Services have been disconnected; (ii) Customer will pay an early termination charge, if applicable; and (iii) Customer will return or destroy all copies of any software provided by MetaLINK pursuant to this Agreement, including all back-up copies. Should Services be cancelled prior to the twenty-four (24) month minimum service requirement, Customer agrees to return all Equipment initially installed at Customer location, or assist MetaLINK in the retrieval thereof, in good working condition. Full replacement cost of the Equipment will be invoiced on the Customer account until said Equipment is returned and verified to be in good working condition, within 30 days of cancelation. The return of the Equipment does not relieve the Customer of the early termination charge.

14. METALINK CONTACT ADDRESS. For any inquiries or notices required in connection with Agreement Customer should contact MetaLINK at the published toll-free Customer Service number, or in writing to MetaLINK Technologies, Inc., Customer Service, PO BOX 1121, Defiance, OH 43512.

15. GOVERNING LAW. This Agreement, the rights and obligations of the parties hereto, and any claims or disputes hereunder, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Ohio without reference to conflict of law principles. All disputes arising out of or relating to this Agreement shall be submitted to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Defiance County Common Pleas Court in Ohio, and each party irrevocably consents to such personal jurisdiction and waives all objections thereto. Customer may not bring any claim, suit or proceeding more than one (1) year after the date of the cause of action.

16. GENERAL.

(a) Nothing contained in this Agreement shall be construed to limit MetaLINK actions or remedies in any way, and MetaLINK reserves at all times all rights and remedies available to it at law or in equity. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement and understanding between the parties with respect to the subject matter of this Agreement and supersedes and replaces any and all prior written or verbal agreements. In the event that any portion of this Agreement is held to be unenforceable, the unenforceable portion shall be construed in accordance with applicable law as nearly as possible to reflect the original intentions of the parties and the remainder of the provisions shall remain in full force and effect. MetaLINK's failure to insist upon or enforce strict performance of any provision of this Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver of any provision or right. Neither the course of conduct between the parties nor trade practice shall act to modify any provision of this Agreement.
(b) MetaLINK may assign this Agreement without Customer's prior consent and all of MetaLINK's rights, title, and interest herein shall inure to the benefit of such assignee, its successors and assigns. This Agreement shall not be assignable by Customer except with the written consent of MetaLINK. Subject to the foregoing, this Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the parties hereto and their respective successors and assigns.
(c) MetaLINK, solely, shall hold all password and authentication information on the MetaLINK connected computer or router at the Customer’s location until termination of this Agreement. Upon termination of this Agreement: 1) by MetaLINK without cause, 2) upon termination of this Agreement by Customer after the completion of the term and the Customer’s compliance with this Agreement, or 3) upon termination of this agreement by Customer and the Customer’s compliance with all terms of this Agreement, including the payment of early termination fee, if applicable.
(d) Except as otherwise provided in this Agreement, MetaLINK may modify these terms and conditions upon written notice published on its website. Customer's continued use of Service after such notice shall constitute Customer's acceptance of the modification of this Agreement implied in fact.
(e) Customer certifies to MetaLINK that he/she is not a minor. Customer agrees to provide MetaLINK with accurate, complete, and updated information including Customer’s legal name, address, and telephone number(s). Customer agrees to notify MetaLINK within thirty (30) days of any changes in the Customer’s registration information.


Last Revised: 6-21-12