Internet Abuse Policy

To report Internet Abuse, please send eMail to and include a copy of any messages 
sent to/from the abuser.

The use of any of ChicagoNet's systems in a way that creates Internet Abuse is considered System Abuse by ChicagoNet. ChicagoNet's systems includes, and is not limited to, all computers in ChicagoNet's possession including routers.

System abuse is strictly prohibited. ChicagoNet may terminate service immediately and may bill for any resulting charges if the client engages in system abuse.

Following is a list of actions which are defined to be system abuse. This list is non-exclusive; any action about which there is any doubt should be referred to ChicagoNet for evaluation. 
Actions which constitute system abuse include, but are not 
limited to:

  • attempting to circumvent user authentication or security of any host, network, or account on ChicagoNet systems or 
    the Internet at large ("cracking");

  • attempting, in any way, to interfere with or deny service to any user or any host on the Internet;

  • forging email or USENET posting header information;

  • sending large numbers of unsolicited mail messages (i.e. "junk mail");

  • forwarding or posting "chain letters" (multiple forwarding) 
    of any type;

  • posting inappropriate messages to USENET newsgroups, e.g., posting large numbers of unsolicited posts indiscriminately ("spamming"), or posting encoded binary files to USENET newsgroups not specifically named for 
    that purpose;

  • attempting to cancel, supersede, or otherwise interfere with email or USENET posts other than one's own;

  • engaging in harassment, whether through language, frequency, or size of messages;

  • using an account at another provider to promote a ChicagoNet Web site in an abusive manner;

  • using a ChicagoNet account to collect replies to messages sent from another provider which violate these rules or
     those of that provider.

By US Code Title 47, Sec.227(a)(2)(B), a computer/modem/printer meets the definition of a telephone fax machine. By Sec.227(b)(1)(C), it is unlawful to send any unsolicited advertisement to such equipment. By Sec.227(b)(3)(C), a violation of the aforementioned Section is punishable by action to recover actual monetary loss, or $500, whichever is greater, for each violation.


Email:  Revised: May 1, 2000

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