Dr. Cheap's Policies

Last Update: December 4, 2005

Below is a list of policies that all users of our services must follow. In this document we will use "you" and "your" to refer to the customer and the legal name "Dr. Cheap" and the terms "us," "our," and "we" to refer to our company.

Acceptable Use:

The following types of conduct are grounds for immediate suspension of service pending investigation by Dr. Cheap and may result in termination of the account(s) if the investigation determines to have originated or transmitted these types of traffic.

  • SPAMming (Sending unsolicited mass E-Mailings (more than 20 recipients) which provoke complaints from the recipients)
  • Engaging in unsolicited mass E-Mailings from a provider other than Dr. Cheap and using a Dr. Cheap account as a mail drop for responses, or to draw attention to a web site hosted by Dr. Cheap
  • Continued harassment of other individuals on the Internet after being asked to stop by those individuals and/or Dr. Cheap
  • Mail bombing (Sending large volumes of unsolicited E-Mail to individuals or businesses)
  • Impersonating another user or otherwise falsifying one's user name in E-Mail, Usenet postings, on Internet Relay Chat (IRC), or with any other Internet service. (This does not include the use of nicknames in IRC or the use of anonymous remailer services.)
  • Privacy violations: Attempts, whether successful or not, to gain access to any other system or users' private data without express consent of the user or system administrator
  • Use of IRC bots or clonebots on Dr. Cheap servers
  • Attempts to interfere with the regular workings of Dr. Cheap's systems or network connections or which adversely affect the ability of other people or systems to use Dr. Cheap services or the Internet, including, but not limited to:
    • Any unauthorized attempts by a user to gain root access or access to any account not belonging to that user on this or any other system.
    • Any use of any Dr. Cheap system as a staging ground to disable other systems.
    • Denial of Service attacks originating, terminating, or utilizing Dr. Cheap systems.
    • Any activity which violates the laws or statutes of the United States.

Terms and Conditions:

Dr. Cheap reserves the right to monitor any and all communications through or with Dr. Cheap facilities. It may become necessary for Dr. Cheap to examine system accounting logs and other records to determine if privacy violations or other network unfriendly activities have occurred. Dr. Cheap also reserves the right to access your mailbox or other files stored on Dr. Cheap systems to determine or resolve any system problems or errors.

Any network address assignments (IP addresses) are the property of Dr. Cheap and are considered to be loaned to you. In the event your service with Dr. Cheap is discontinued for any reason, such addresses may be re-assigned for other purposes. If you participate in a service of Dr. Cheap which provides for a unique Domain Name System (DNS) entry, you will retain ownership of the Domain Name, but not the IP address to which it is assigned. Dr. Cheap also reserves the right to re-assign IP addresses for the purpose of maintaining network structure.

Dr. Cheap accounts in some cases may have specified limits on bandwidth, CPU, and disk utilization for certain types of accounts, and use up to these limits is included in the price for that type of account. In the event Dr. Cheap determines that you are exceeding the bandwidth, CPU and/or disk utilization limits, you will be notified by E-Mail. If the excess use continues for more than 48 hours after such notification, you may be requested to upgrade a web hosting service agreement or to modify the activity creating the excess use. If excessive bandwidth, CPU or disk space utilization is determined by Dr. Cheap to adversely affect Dr. Cheap's ability to maintain quality service for all customers, immediate action may be taken to alleviate the problem. In such event, you will be notified by E-Mail of this occurence.

Dr. Cheap reserves the right to suspend or cancel your service at any time without notice for refusal or failure to pay for services provided, or by sole judgment of Dr. Cheap that you may be performing activities harmful to Dr. Cheap, other customers, business relationships, or any other users of the Internet.

Payment for service, including applicable federal, state and local taxes will be billed in advance of service and is due according to the following:

  • Payment by credit card
    1. Billing starts from the date a user account is created.
    2. Initial charge will be equal to usage fees for the remainder of the current month plus the following month. Depending on the date of account creation, this amount will vary between one and two times the monthly rate. This amount will be charged on the date of account creation.
    3. Subsequent charges equal to the monthly rate will automatically be charged on the first day of the month in which those charges cover.
    4. Credit cards accepted include: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover/Novus
    5. The minimum charge to a credit card is $5.00; if your balance is less than this amount we will charge the minimum amount to your credit card and you will have a credit balance which will carry over to the next billing cycle.
  • Other payment methods arranged with Dr. Cheap
    1. If you have special payment needs, we may arrange alternal billing procedures with you at our discretion.

Your account is in default if:

  • Your credit card is declined for any reason, or a chargeback from your creditor is made
  • Your checking account debit reports insufficient funds
  • Your payment by check is returned for any reason
  • Your balance is not paid in full by the due date printed on your invoice

Miscellaneous fees:

  • Checking account debit reports insufficient funds: $25.00
  • Returned check fee: $25.00
  • Refund for unused service: Greater of $1.00 or 10% of refund subtotal

Disclaimer:

Services are provided on an "as is, as available" basis. No warranties, express or implied, are made with respect to Dr. Cheap. You release Dr. Cheap from any liability or responsibility for any direct, indirect, incidental or consequential damages suffered by you in connection with your use of or inability to use the services provided. This includes, but is not limited to, damages from loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, mis-deliveries, or service interruptions, or due to inadvertent release or disclosure of information sent by you.

Your are responsible for all use of the your account(s) and confidentiality of your password(s), including choosing safe passwords and ensuring file permissions are set correctly. Dr. Cheap will suspend access or change access to your account(s) immediately upon notification by you that your password has been lost, stolen or otherwise compromised. Dr. Cheap is not liable for any usage prior to making the necessary account alteration. Electronic mail on this system is as private as we can make it. Please note that no computer network can ever be considered completely safe from intrusion.

Dr. Cheap is not responsible for any of your personal files. You are responsible for independent backup of the data that is stored on Dr. Cheap's servers. Dr. Cheap reserves the right to delete any of your personal files after you and/or Dr. Cheap terminate(s) the service agreement.

In no event shall Dr. Cheap's aggregate liability exceed the amount paid by you to Dr. Cheap for services. Dr. Cheap specifically disclaims any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through its services.

Nothing contained in these policies shall limit action Dr. Cheap may take in any way with respect to any of the described conduct. Dr. Cheap reserves the right to take any additional actions considered appropriate with respect to such conduct. Non-enforcement of any policy or rule herein does not constitute consent or waiver, and Dr. Cheap reserves the right to enforce such policy or rule at its sole discretion.

Dr. Cheap reserves to right to change without notice the Dr. Cheap services, including, but not limited to, access procedures, menu structures, commands, documentation, vendors and services offered.

Dr. Cheap may modify any policies contained in this document upon notice published on the web site of Dr. Cheap. Your use of Dr. Cheap services after such notice shall constitute your acceptance of the modifications to such policies.

Dr. Cheap
12006 Tanglewood Ct
Stafford, TX 77477-1675