General Terms and Conditions
The Customer named on the Supertech Communications Business Service Order Agreement and Supertech Communications, hereinafter referred to as “STC” agree that the terms and conditions on the STC Business Service Order Agreement and these terms and conditions constitute the agreement (the “Agreement”) for the provisioning of the Services selected by Customer and designated on a Service Order. Services may include STCVOICE and commercial digital voice services, Virtual PRI, toll free, Internet, and SIP trunking services (“Voice”) (each a “Service” and collectively “Services”).
The terms and conditions in the “GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS” section below is applicable to all voice and data services.
GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS ARTICLE 1. DEFINITIONS
Affiliate: Any entity that controls, is controlled by or is under common control with STC.
Agreement: These terms and conditions and the Service Order Agreement executed by Customer.
STC Equipment: Any and all facilities, equipment or devices provided by STC or its authorized contractors at the Service Location(s) that are used to deliver any of the Services including, but not limited to, all terminals, wires, modems, lines, circuits, ports, routers, gateways, switches, channel service units, data service units, cabinets, and racks. Notwithstanding the above, inside telephone wiring, whether installed by STC, shall not be considered STC Equipment.
Confidential Information: All information regarding STC’s business which has been marked or is otherwise communicated as being “proprietary” or “confidential” or which reasonably should be known by the customer to be proprietary or confidential information under the circumstances. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, Confidential Information shall include, even if not marked, the Agreement, all Licensed Software, promotional materials, proposals, quotes, rate information, discount information, subscriber information, network upgrade information and schedules, network operation information (including without limitation information about outages and planned maintenance) and invoices, as well as STC’s communications regarding such items.
Customer-Provided Equipment: Any and all facilities, equipment or devices supplied by Customer for use in connection with the Services.
Licensed Software: Computer software or code provided by STC or required to use the Services, including without limitation, associated documentation, and all updates thereto.
Customer: A reference to the Customer purchasing services from STC.
Service(s): 4G/5G Internet, Toll Free Trunk ,Voice services and Data center access provided by STC to Customer described in one or more Service Order(s). All Services are for commercial use only, except as otherwise expressly permitted herein.
Service Commencement Date: The date(s) on which STC first makes Service available for use by Customer. A single Service Order containing multiple Service Locations or Services may have multiple Service Commencement Dates.
Service Order: A request for STC to provide the Services to Service Location(s) submitted by Customer to STC (a) on a then-current STC form designated for that purpose or (b) if available, through a STC electronic order processing system designated for that purpose.
Service Order Agreement: The agreement under which all Service Orders are submitted to STC.
Service Location(s): The Customer location(s) where STC provides the Services.
Service Term: The duration of time (commencing on the Service Commencement Date) for which Services are ordered, as specified in a Service Order.
Tariff: A federal or state STC tariff and the successor documents of general applicability that replace such tariff in the event of detariffing.
Termination Charges: Charges that may be imposed by STC if, prior to the end of the applicable Service Term (a) STC terminates Services for cause or (b) Customer terminates Services without cause. Termination Charges with respect to each terminated Service Order shall equal, in addition to all amounts payable by Customer in accordance with Section 5.3, seventy-five percent (75%) of the remaining monthly fees that would have been payable by Customer under the Service Order if the Services described in the Service Order had been provided until the end of the Service Term. In the event the Agreement is terminated as herein described during the initial Service Term, Termination Charges shall also include one hundred percent (100%) of any amount paid by STC in connection with Custom Installation, as that term is defined in Section 2.7, for the Services provided by STC under the Service Order.
ARTICLE 2. DELIVERY OF SERVICES
2.1 Orders. Customer shall submit to STC a properly completed Service Order to initiate Services to a Service Location(s). A Service Order shall become binding on the parties when (i) it is specifically accepted by STC either electronically or in writing, (ii) STC begins providing the Services described in the Service Order or (iii) STC begins Custom Installation (as defined in Section 2.7) for delivery of the Services described in the Service Order, whichever is earlier. When a Service Order becomes effective it shall be deemed part of, and shall be subject to, the Agreement.
2.2 Speed. STC makes no representation regarding the speed of the Internet Service. Actual speeds may vary and are not guaranteed. Many factors affect speed including, without limitation, the number of workstations using a single connection.
2.3 Access. Customer, at no cost to STC, shall secure and maintain all necessary rights of access to Service Location(s) for STC to install and provide the Services, unless STC has secured such access prior to this Agreement. In addition, Customer shall provide an adequate environmentally controlled space and such electricity as may be required for installation, operation, and maintenance of the STC Equipment used to provide the Services within the Service Location(s). STC and its employees and authorized contractors will require free ingress and egress into and out of the Service Location(s) in connection with the provision of Services. Upon reasonable notice from STC, Customer shall provide all required access to STC and its authorized personnel.
2.4 Service Commencement Date. Upon installation and connection of the necessary facilities and equipment to provide the Services, or in the case of Voice, the day Voice Service is activated, STC shall notify Customer that the Services are available for use, and the date of such notice shall be called the “Service Commencement Date.” Any failure or refusal on the part of Customer to be ready to receive the Services on the Service Commencement Date shall not relieve Customer of its obligation to pay applicable Service charges.
2.5 STC Equipment. STC Equipment is and shall remain the property of STC regardless of where installed within the Service Location(s), and shall not be considered a fixture or an addition to the land or the Service Location(s). At any time STC may remove or change STC Equipment in its sole discretion in connection with providing the Services. Customer shall not move, rearrange, disconnect, remove, attempt to repair, or otherwise tamper with any STC Equipment or permit others to do so, and shall not use the STC Equipment for any purpose other than that authorized by the Agreement. STC shall maintain STC Equipment in good operating condition during the
term of this Agreement; provided, however, that such maintenance shall be at STC’s expense only to the extent that it is related to and/or resulting from the ordinary and proper use of the STC Equipment. Customer is responsible for damage to, or loss of, STC Equipment caused by its acts or omissions, and its noncompliance with this Section, or by fire, theft or other casualty at the Service Location(s), unless caused by the negligence or willful misconduct of STC. Customer agrees not to take any action that would directly or indirectly impair STC’s title to the STC Equipment, or expose STC to any claim, lien, encumbrance, or legal process, except as otherwise agreed in writing by the Parties. Following STC’s discontinuance of the Services to the Service Location(s), STC retains the right to remove the STC Equipment including, but not limited to, that portion of the STC Equipment located within the Service Location(s). To the extent STC removes such STC Equipment, it shall be responsible for returning the Service Location(s) to its prior condition, wear and tear excepted.
2.6 Customer-Provided Equipment. STC shall have no obligation to install, operate, or maintain Customer-Provided Equipment. Customer alone shall be responsible for providing maintenance, repair, operation and replacement of all inside telephone wiring and equipment and facilities on the Customer’s side of the cable modem, route and/or coaxial input connection. All Customer-Provided Equipment and wiring that Customer uses in connection with the Services must be fully compatible with the Services. Customer shall be responsible for the payment of all charges for troubleshooting, maintenance or repairs attempted or performed by STC’s employees or authorized contractors when the difficulty or trouble report results from Customer-Provided Equipment.
2.7 Engineering Review. Each Service Order submitted by Customer shall be subject to an engineering review by STC. The engineering review will determine whether the dmarc must be extended, built or upgraded in order to provide the ordered Services at the requested Service Location(s), or whether Service installation has to be expedited to meet the Customer’s requested Service Commencement Date (”Custom Installation”) . STC will provide Customer written notification in the event Service installation at any Service Location will require an additional one-time installation fee (“Custom Installation Fee”). Customer will have five (5) days from receipt of such notice to reject the Custom Installation Fee and terminate, without further liability, the Service Order with respect to the affected Service Location(s).
2.8 Administrative Web Site. STC may, at its sole option, make one or more administrative web sites available to Customer in connection with Customer’s use of the Services. STC may furnish Customer with one or more user identifications and/or passwords for use on the Administrative Web Site. Customer shall be responsible for the confidentiality and use of such user identifications and/or passwords and shall immediately notify STC if there has been an unauthorized release, use or other compromise of any user identification or password.
In addition, Customer agrees that its authorized users shall keep confidential and not distribute any information or other materials made available by the Administrative Web Site. Customer shall be solely responsible for all use of the Administrative Web Site, and STC shall be entitled to rely on all Customer uses of and submissions to the Administrative Web Site as authorized by Customer. STC shall not be liable for any loss, cost, expense or other liability arising out of any Customer use of the Administrative Web Site or any information on the Administrative Web Site. STC may change or discontinue the Administrative Web Site, or Customer’s right to use the Administrative Web Site, at any time. Additional terms and policies may apply to Customer’s use of the Administrative Web Site. These terms and policies will be posted on the site.
ARTICLE 3. CHARGES, BILLING AND PAYMENT
3.1 Charges. Customer shall pay STC one hundred percent (100%) of the Custom Installation Fee prior to the installation of Service. Customer further agrees to pay all charges associated with the Services, as set forth or referenced in the applicable Service Order(s) or invoiced by STC. These charges may include, but are not limited to installation charges, monthly recurring service charges, usage charges including without limitation charges for the use of STC Equipment, per-call charges, charges for service calls, maintenance and repair charges, and applicable federal, state, and local taxes, fees, surcharges and recoupments (however designated). Some Services such as measured and per-call charges, (as explained below in the Voice Additional Terms) may be invoiced after the Service has been provided to Customer. Except as otherwise indicated herein or on the applicable Service Order(s), monthly recurring charges for Internet Services shall not increase during the initial Service Term.
3.2 Third-Party Charges. Customer may incur charges from third party service providers that are separate and apart from the amounts charged by STC. These may include, without limitation, charges resulting from accessing on-line services, calls to parties who charge for their telephone based services, purchasing or subscribing to other offerings via the Internet or interactive options on Public View Video, Video, or otherwise. Customer agrees that all such charges, including all applicable taxes, are Customer’s sole responsibility. In addition, Customer is solely responsible for protecting the security of credit card information provided to others in connection with such transactions.
3.3 Payment of Bills. Except as otherwise indicated herein or on the Service Order(s), STC will invoice Customer in advance on a monthly basis for all monthly recurring Service charges and fees arising under the Agreement. All other charges will be billed monthly in arrears. Customer shall make payment to STC for all invoiced amounts within thirty (30) days after the date of the invoice. Any amounts not paid to STC within such period will be considered past due. If a Service Commencement Date is not the first day of a billing period, Customer’s next monthly invoice shall include a pro-rated charge for the Services, from the date of installation to the first day of the new billing. In certain cases, STC may agree to provide billing services on behalf of third parties, as the agent of the third party. Any such third-party charges shall be payable pursuant to any contract or other arrangement between Customer and the third party. STC shall not be responsible for any dispute regarding these charges between Customer and such third party. Customer must address all such disputes directly with the third party.
3.4 Partial Payment. Partial payment of any bill will be applied to the Customer’s outstanding charges in the amounts and proportions as solely determined by STC. No acceptance of partial payment(s) by STC shall constitute a waiver of any rights to collect the full balance owed under the Agreement.
3.5 Payment by Credit Card. Upon Customer’s written request and STC’s acceptance of such request, STC will accept certain credit card payments for charges generated under the Agreement. By providing STC with a credit card number, Customer authorizes STC to charge the card for all charges generated under this Agreement, until (i) this Agreement is terminated or (ii) Customer provides sixty (60) days prior notice that STC stop charging the credit card. Customer agrees to provide STC with updated credit card or alternate payment information on a timely basis prior to the expiration or termination of the credit card on file or in the event that Customer’s credit card limit is or will be insufficient to cover payment. If STC is unable to charge Customer’s credit card for any reason, Customer agrees to pay all amounts due, including any late payment charges or bank charges, upon demand by STC. STC may limit the option to pay by credit card to specific Services or may discontinue acceptance of credit card payments in whole or in part upon thirty (30) days prior notice to Customer.
3.6 Credit Approval and Deposits. Initial and ongoing delivery of Services may be subject to credit approval. Customer shall provide STC with credit information requested by STC. Customer authorizes STC to make inquiries and to receive information about Customer’s credit history from others and to enter this information in Customer’s records. Customer represents and warrants that all credit information that it provides to STC will be true and correct. STC, in its sole discretion, may deny the Services based upon an unsatisfactory credit history. Additionally, subject to applicable regulations, STC may require Customer to make a deposit (in an amount not to exceed an estimated two-month’s charge for the Services) as a condition to STC’s provision of the Services, or as a condition to STC’s continuation of the Services. The deposit will not, unless explicitly required by law, bear interest and shall be held by STC as security for payment of Customer’s charges. If the provision of Service to Customer is terminated, or if STC determines in its sole discretion that such deposit is no longer necessary, then the amount of the deposit will be credited to Customer’s account or will be
refunded to Customer, as determined by STC.
3.7 Taxes and Fees. Customer shall be responsible for the payment of any and all applicable local, state, and federal taxes or fees (however designated). Customer will be responsible to pay any Service fees, payment obligations and taxes that become applicable retroactively.
3.8 Other Government-Related Costs and Fees. STC reserves the right to invoice Customer for any fees or payment obligations in connection with the Services imposed by governmental or quasi- governmental bodies in connection with the sale, installation, use, or provision of the Services, including, without limitation, applicable franchise fees (if any), regardless of whether STC or its Affiliates pay the taxes directly or are required by an order, rule, or regulation of a taxing jurisdiction to collect them from Customer.. These obligations may include those imposed on STC or its affiliates by an order, rule, or regulation of a regulatory body or a court of competent jurisdiction, as well as those that STC or its affiliates are required to collect from the Customer or to pay to others in support of statutory or regulatory programs. For example, Voice customers are charged a monthly regulatory recovery fee to help defray STC’s contributions to municipal, state, and federal programs including, without limitation, universal service, telecom relay services for the visually/hearing impaired, and 911/E911 programs and infrastructure. This regulatory recovery fee is not a tax, and it is not government-mandated. Taxes and other government-related fees and surcharges may be changed with or without notice,
3.9 Disputed Invoice. If Customer disputes any portion of an invoice, Customer must pay the undisputed portion of the invoice and submit a written claim, including all documentation substantiating Customer’s claim, to STC for the disputed amount of the invoice by the invoice due date. The Parties shall negotiate in good faith to resolve the dispute. However, should the parties fail to mutually resolve the dispute within sixty (60) days after the dispute was submitted to STC, all disputed amounts shall become immediately due and payable to STC.
3.10 Past-Due Amounts. Any undisputed payment not made when due will be subject to a reasonable late charge not to exceed the highest rate allowed by law on the unpaid invoice. If Customer’s account is delinquent, STC may refer the account to a collection agency or attorney that may pursue collection of the past due amount and/or any STC Equipment that Customer fails to return in accordance with the Agreement. If STC is required to use a collection agency or attorney to collect any amount owed by Customer or any unreturned STC Equipment, Customer agrees to pay all reasonable costs of collection or other action. The remedies set forth herein are in addition to and not in limitation of any other rights and remedies available to STC under the Agreement or at law or in equity.
3.11 Rejected Payments. Except to the extent otherwise prohibited by law, Customer will be assessed a service charge up to the full amount permitted under applicable law for any check or other
instrument used to pay for the Services that has been rejected by the bank or other financial institution.
3.12 Fraudulent Use of Services. Customer is responsible for all charges attributable to Customer with respect to the Services, even if incurred as the result of fraudulent or unauthorized use of the Services. STC may, but is not obligated to, detect or report unauthorized or fraudulent use of Services to Customer. STC reserves the right to restrict, suspend or discontinue providing any Service in the event of fraudulent use by Customer.
ARTICLE 4. TERM
4.1 Agreement Term. This Agreement shall terminate upon the expiration or other termination of the final existing Service Order entered into under this Agreement. The term of a Service Order shall commence on the Service Commencement Date and shall terminate at the end of the stated Service Term of such Service. Unless otherwise stated in these terms and conditions, if a Service Order does not specify a term of service, the Service Term shall be one (3) year(s) from the Service Commencement Date.
4.2 Service Order Renewal. Upon the expiration of the Service Term, this Agreement and each applicable Service Order shall automatically renew for successive periods of one (1) year each (“Renewal Term(s)”), unless otherwise stated in these terms and conditions or prior notice of non-renewal is delivered by either Party to the other at least thirty (30) days before the expiration of the Service Term or the then current Renewal Term, or in the case of Louisiana Customers, notice of non-renewal is delivered to STC within thirty (30) days following the expiration of the Service Term or the then current Renewal Term. Except as otherwise identified in the Agreement, at any time during initial Service Term and from time to time thereafter, STC may increase the charges for Voice Services subject to thirty (30) days prior notice to Customer. Effective at any time after the end of the initial Service Term and from time to time thereafter, STC may modify the charges for Internet Services subject to thirty (30) days prior notice to Customer. Customer will have thirty (30) days from receipt of such notice to cancel the applicable Service without further liability. Should Customer fail to cancel within this timeframe, Customer will be deemed to have accepted the modified Service pricing.
ARTICLE 5. TERMINATION OF AGREEMENT AND/OR A SALES ORDER
5.1 Termination for Convenience. Notwithstanding any other term or provision in this Agreement, STC shall have the right to terminate a Service Order(s), or this Agreement in whole or part, at any time during the Service Term upon sixty (60) days prior written notice to Customer. STC may terminate this Agreement immediately upon Notice if Customer does not take any Service under this Agreement for twelve (12) consecutive months or longer.
5.2 Termination for Cause.
(a) If Customer is in breach of a payment obligation (including failure to pay a required deposit), and fails to make payment in full within ten (10) days after receipt of notice of default, or has failed to make payments of all undisputed charges on or before the due date on three (3) or more occasions during any twelve (12) month period, STC may, at its option, terminate this Agreement, terminate the affected Service Orders, suspend Service under the affected Service Orders, and/or require a deposit, advance payment, or other satisfactory assurances in connection with any or all Service Orders as a condition of continuing to provide the Services. However, STC will not take any such action as a result of Customer’s non-payment of a charge that is the subject of a timely billing dispute, unless the parties have reviewed the dispute and determined in good faith that the charge is correct.
(b) If either party breaches any material term of this Agreement and the breach continues without remedy for thirty (30) days after notice of default, the non-defaulting party may terminate for cause any Service Order materially affected by the breach.
(c) A Service Order may be terminated by either party immediately upon notice if the other party has become insolvent or involved in liquidation or termination of its business, or adjudicated bankrupt, or been involved in an assignment for the benefit of its creditors.
(d) Termination by either party of a Service Order does not waive any other rights or remedies that it may have under this Agreement.
5.3 Effect of Expiration or Termination of the Agreement or a Service Order. Upon the expiration or termination of a Service Order for any reason: (i) STC may disconnect the applicable Service; (ii) STC may delete all applicable data, files, electronic messages, voicemail or other information stored on STC’s servers or systems; (iii) if Customer has terminated the Service Order prior to the expiration of the Service Term for convenience, or if STC has terminated the Service Order prior to the expiration of the Service Term as a result of material breach by Customer, STC may assess and collect from Customer applicable Termination Charges; (iv) Customer shall, permit STC access to retrieve from the applicable Service Locations any and all STC Equipment (however, if Customer fails to permit access, or if the retrieved STC Equipment has been damaged and/or destroyed other than by STC or its agents, normal wear and tear excepted, STC may invoice Customer for the full replacement cost of the relevant STC Equipment, or in the event of minor damage to the retrieved STC Equipment, the cost of repair, which amounts shall be immediately due and payable); and (v) if used in conjunction with the terminated Service, Customer’s right to use applicable Licensed Software shall automatically terminate, and Customer shall be obligated to return the Licensed Software to STC.
5.4 Early Termination. If (i) Customer cancels or terminates a Service under this Agreement or any Service Order prior to the end of the associated Service Term for any reason; or (ii) STC terminates this Agreement and/or any Service Order(s) for cause, then in addition to any other rights or remedies available to STC hereunder, at law, or in equity, Customer shall pay STC early termination charges (as liquidated damages and not as a penalty) equal to:
A. the aggregate fees, charges, expenses, and taxes payable by STC to any third party (including, but not limited to, liquidated damages, disconnection, early cancellation or termination charges payable to third parties) in connection with the cancellation or termination of the Service(s); and
B. the total of the nonrecurring charges and any monthly recurring charges multiplied by the number of months remaining on the Agreement/Service Order, plus the monthly average of any usage based charges (as determined by averaging the charges incurred the previous three (3) months) multiplied by the number of months remaining on the Agreement/Service Order. Customer must continue to pay all charges for Services until any disconnection upon cancellation or early termination occurs.
All early termination charges are due and payable within thirty (30) business days of the effective date of cancellation or termination, as applicable. Customer acknowledges and agrees that the cancellation charges and early termination charges are reasonable liquidated damages payable to STC, and do not represent or constitute a penalty, because actual damages would be difficult or impossible to ascertain. Customer acknowledges and agrees that the actual damages would be difficult or impossible to ascertain and waives any right it has to seek a showing of actual damages by STC. Upon cancellation, termination, or expiration of a
Service Order, STC shall owe Customer no further duties, obligations, or consideration; provided, however, that cancellation, termination, or expiration shall not affect the rights, obligations, or liabilities of either Party that have arisen before the date of cancellation, termination, or expiration.
5.5 Regulatory and Legal Changes. The parties acknowledge that the respective rights and obligations of each party as set forth in this Agreement upon its execution are based on law and the regulatory environment as it exists on the date of execution of this Agreement. STC may, in its sole discretion, immediately terminate this Agreement, in whole or in part, in the event there is a material change in any law, rule, regulation, Force Majeure event, or judgment of any court or government agency, and that change affects STC’s ability to provide the Services herein.
ARTICLE 6. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY; DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES; WARNINGS
6.1 NEITHER PARTY WILL BE LIABLE TO THE OTHER FOR ANY INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, WHETHER OR NOT FORESEEABLE, OF ANY KIND INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY LOSS REVENUE, LOSS OF USE, LOSS OF BUSINESS OR LOSS OF PROFIT, WHETHER SUCH ALLEGED LIABILITY ARISES IN CONTRACT OR TORT, PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT NOTHING HEREIN IS INTENDED TO LIMIT CUSTOMER’S LIABILITY FOR AMOUNTS OWED FOR THE SERVICES, FOR ANY EQUIPMENT OR SOFTWARE PROVIDED BY STC OR FOR EARLY TERMINATION CHARGES. EXCEPT AS OTHERWISE EXPRESSLY PROVIDED IN THIS AGREEMENT, THE ENTIRE LIABILITY OF STC AND ITS OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AFFILIATES, AGENTS, SUPPLIERS OR CONTRACTORS (“ASSOCIATED PARTIES”) FOR LOSS, DAMAGES AND CLAIMS ARISING OUT OF THE DELIVERY OF THE SERVICES INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DELAY IN THE INSTALLATION OF SERVICES OR THE PERFORMANCE OR NONPERFORMANCE OF THE SERVICES OR THE STC EQUIPMENT SHALL BE LIMITED TO A SUM EQUIVALENT TO THE APPLICABLE OUT- OF-SERVICE CREDIT. REMEDIES UNDER THIS AGREEMENT ARE EXCLUSIVE AND LIMITED TO THOSE EXPRESSLY DESCRIBED IN THIS AGREEMENT.
6.2 THERE ARE NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE AND NON- INFRINGEMENT WITH RESPECT TO THE SERVICES, STC EQUIPMENT, OR LICENSED SOFTWARE. ALL SUCH WARRANTIES ARE HEREBY EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMED TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT ALLOWED BY LAW. WITHOUT LIMITING THE GENERALITY OF THE FOREGOING, STC DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE SERVICES, STC EQUIPMENT, OR LICENSED SOFTWARE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, ERROR-FREE, OR FREE OF LATENCY OR DELAY, OR THAT THE SERVICES, STC EQUIPMENT, OR LICENSED SOFTWARE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, OR THAT THE SERVICES, STC EQUIPMENT, OR LICENSED SOFTWARE WILL PREVENT UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS BY THIRD PARTIES.
6.3 STC MAKES NO WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS WITH RESPECT TO THE SERVICES, STC EQUIPMENT, OR LICENSED SOFTWARE FOR USE BY THIRD PARTIES.
6.4 IN NO EVENT SHALL STC, OR ITS ASSOCIATED PARTIES, SUPPLIERS, CONTRACTORS OR LICENSORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS, DAMAGE OR CLAIM ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO: (i) STORED, TRANSMITTED, OR RECORDED DATA, FILES, OR SOFTWARE; (ii) ANY ACT OR OMISSION OF CUSTOMER, ITS USERS OR THIRD PARTIES; (iii) INTEROPERABILITY, INTERACTION OR INTERCONNECTION OF THE SERVICES WITH APPLICATIONS, EQUIPMENT, SERVICES OR NETWORKS PROVIDED BY CUSTOMER OR THIRD PARTIES; OR (iv) LOSS OR DESTRUCTION OF ANY CUSTOMER HARDWARE, SOFTWARE, FILES OR DATA RESULTING FROM ANY VIRUS OR OTHER HARMFUL FEATURE OR FROM ANY ATTEMPT TO REMOVE IT.
6.5 DISRUPTION OF SERVICE. STC shall not be liable for any inconvenience, loss, liability, or damage resulting from any interruption of the Services, directly or indirectly caused by, or approximately resulting from, any circumstances, including, but not limited to, causes attributable to Customer or Customer- Equipment; inability to obtain access to the Service Locations; loss of use of poles or other utility facilities; strike; labor dispute; riot or insurrection; war; explosion; malicious mischief; fire, flood, lightening, earthquake, wind, ice, extreme weather conditions or other acts of God; failure or reduction of power; or any court order, law, act or order of government restricting or prohibiting the operation or delivery of the Services.
6.6 Customer’s sole and exclusive remedies under this Agreement are as expressly set forth in this Agreement. Certain of the above exclusions may not apply if the state in which a Service is provided does not allow the exclusion or limitation of implied warranties or does not allow the limitation or exclusion of incidental or consequential damages. In those states, the liability of STC and its affiliates and agents is limited to the maximum extent permitted by law.
ARTICLE 7. INDEMNIFICATION
7.1 Subject to Article 6, each Party (“Indemnifying Party”) will indemnify and hold harmless the other Party (“Indemnified Party”), its affiliates, officers, directors, employees, stockholders, partners, providers, independent contractors and agents from and against any and all joint or several costs, damages, losses, liabilities, expenses, judgments, fines, settlements and any other amount of any nature, including reasonable fees and disbursements of attorneys, accountants, and experts, arising from any and all claims, demands, actions, suits, or proceedings whether civil, criminal, administrative, or investigative (collectively, “Claims”) relating to: (i) any Claim of any third party resulting from the negligence or willful act or omission of Indemnifying Party arising out of or related to the
Agreement, the obligations hereunder, and uses of Services, STC Equipment, and Licensed Software; and (ii) any Claim of any third party alleging infringement of a U.S. patent or U.S. copyright arising out of or related to this Agreement, the obligations hereunder, and the use of Services, STC Equipment, and Licensed Software.
7.2 The Indemnifying Party agrees to defend the Indemnified Party for any loss, injury, liability, claim or demand (“Actions”) that is the subject of Article 7 hereof. The Indemnified Party agrees to notify the Indemnifying Party promptly, in writing, of any Actions, threatened or actual, and to cooperate in every reasonable way to facilitate the defense or settlement of such Actions. The Indemnifying Party shall assume the defense of any Action with counsel of its own choosing, but which is reasonably satisfactory to the Indemnified Party. The Indemnified Party may employ its own counsel in any such case, and shall pay such counsel’s fees and expenses. The Indemnifying Party shall have the right to settle any claim for which indemnification is available; provided, however, that to the extent that such settlement requires the Indemnified Party to take or refrain from taking any action or purports to obligate the Indemnified Party, then the Indemnifying Party shall not settle such claim without the prior written consent of the Indemnified Party, which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed.
ARTICLE 8. SOFTWARE & SERVICES
8.1 License. If and to the extent Customer requires the use of Licensed Software in order to use the Services supplied under any Service Order, Customer shall have a personal, nonexclusive, nontransferable, and limited license to use the Licensed Software in object code only and solely to the extent necessary to use the applicable Service during the corresponding Service Term. Customer may not claim title to, or an ownership interest in, any Licensed Software (or any derivations or improvements thereto) and Customer shall execute any documentation reasonably required by STC, including, without limitation, end-user license agreements for the Licensed Software. STC and its suppliers shall retain ownership of the Licensed Software, and no rights are granted to Customer other than a license to use the Licensed Software under the terms expressly set forth in this Agreement.
8.2 Restrictions. Customer agrees that it shall not: (i) copy the Licensed Software (or any upgrades thereto or related written materials) except for emergency back-up purposes or as permitted by the express written consent of STC; (ii) reverse engineer, decompile, or disassemble the Licensed Software; (iii) sell, lease, license, or sublicense the Licensed Software; or (iv) create, write, or develop any derivative software or any other software program based on the Licensed Software.
8.3 Updates. Customer acknowledges that the use of the Services may periodically require updates and/or changes to certain Licensed Software resident in the STC Equipment or Customer-Provided Equipment. If STC has agreed to provide updates and changes, STC may perform such updates and changes remotely or on-site, at STC’s sole option. Customer hereby consents to, and shall provide free access for, such updates deemed reasonably necessary by STC.
8.4 Ownership of Telephone Numbers and Addresses. Customer acknowledges that use of the Services does not give it any ownership or other rights in any telephone number or Internet/on- line addresses provided, including but not limited to Internet Protocol (“IP”) addresses, e-mail addresses and web addresses.
8.5 Intellectual Property Rights in the Services. Title and intellectual property rights to the Services are owned by STC, its agents, suppliers or affiliates or their licensors or otherwise by the owners of such material. The copying, redistribution, reselling, bundling or publication of the Services, in whole or in part, without express prior written consent from STC or other owner of such material, is prohibited.
ARTICLE 9. CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION AND PRIVACY
9.1 Disclosure and Use. All Confidential Information shall be kept by the receiving party in strict confidence and shall not be disclosed to any third party without the disclosing party’s express written consent. Notwithstanding the foregoing, such information may be disclosed (i) to the receiving party’s employees, affiliates, and agents who have a need to know for the purpose of performing this Agreement, using the Services, rendering the Services, and marketing related products and services (provided that in all cases the receiving party shall take appropriate measures prior to disclosure to its employees, affiliates, and agents to assure against unauthorized use or disclosure); or (ii) as otherwise authorized by this Agreement. Each party agrees to treat all Confidential Information of the other in the same manner as it treats its own proprietary information, but in no case using a degree of care less than a reasonable degree of care.
9.2 Exceptions. Notwithstanding the foregoing, each party’s confidentiality obligations hereunder shall not apply to information that: (i) is already known to the receiving party without a pre- existing restriction as to disclosure; (ii) is or becomes publicly available without fault of the receiving party; (iii) is rightfully obtained by the receiving party from a third party without restriction as to disclosure, or is approved for release by written authorization of the disclosing party; (iv) is developed independently by the receiving party without use of the disclosing party’s Confidential Information; or (v) is required to be disclosed by law or regulation.
9.3 Remedies. Notwithstanding any other Article of this Agreement, the non-breaching party shall be entitled to seek equitable relief to protect its interests pursuant to this Article 9, including, but not limited to, injunctive relief.
ARTICLE 9A: CUSTOMER PRIVACY POLICIES
9A.2 Privacy Note Regarding Information Provided to Third Parties: STC is not responsible for any information provided by Customer to third parties, and this information is not subject to the privacy provisions of this Agreement or the privacy policies. Customer assumes all privacy and other risks associated with providing personally identifiable information to third parties via the Services.
ARTICLE 10. PROHIBITED USES
10.1 Resale. Except as otherwise provided in the General Terms and Conditions, Customer may not sell, resell, sublease, assign, license, sublicense, share, provide, or otherwise utilize in conjunction with a third party (including, without limitation, in any joint venture or as part of any outsourcing activity) the Services or any component thereof.
10.2 Use Policies. Customer agrees to ensure that all uses of the STC Equipment and/or the Services installed at its premises (“use”) are legal and appropriate. Specifically, Customer agrees to ensure that all uses by Customer or by any other person (“user”), whether authorized by Customer or not, comply with all applicable laws, regulations, and written and electronic instructions for use. STC reserves the right to act immediately and without notice to terminate or suspend the Services and/or to remove from the Services any information transmitted by or to Customer or users, if STC (i) determines that such use or information does not conform
with the requirements set forth in this Agreement, (ii) determines that such use or information interferes with STC’s ability to provide the Services to Customer or others, (iii) reasonably believes that such use or information may violate any laws, regulations, or written and electronic instructions for use. Furthermore, the Services shall be subject to one or more Acceptable Use Policies (“AUP”) that may limit use, or (iv) reasonably believes that Customer’s use of the Service interferes with or endangers the health and/or safety of STC personnel or third parties. The AUP and other policies concerning the Services are posted on STC’s web site(s) at [url] (or any successor URL) or on another web site about which Customer has been notified, and are incorporated to this Agreement by reference. STC may update the use policies from time to time, and such updates shall be deemed effective seven (7) days after the update is posted online, with or without actual notice to Customer. Accordingly, Customer should check the above web addresses (or the applicable successor URLs) on a regular basis to ensure that its activities conform to the most current version of the use policies. STC’s action or inaction in enforcing acceptable use shall not constitute review or approval of Customer’s or any other users’ use or information.
10.3 Violation. Any breach of this Article 10 shall be deemed a material breach of this Agreement. In the event of such material breach, STC shall have the right to restrict, suspend, or terminate immediately any or all Service Orders, without liability on the part of STC, and then to notify Customer of the action that STC has taken and the reason for such action, in addition to any and all other rights and remedies under this Agreement.
ARTICLE 11. SERVICE LEVEL AGREEMENTS (SLA)
STC is committed to providing the highest level of Service to its Customers. The SLA defines the minimum Service expectations a Customer may expect from STC Business Services. The remedies set forth in the SLA, which can be found on the STC website at [url] (or any successor URL, “Website”), shall be the Customer’s sole and exclusive remedy for any Service Interruption in the Services, outage, unavailability, delay or other degradation in the Services or any STC failure to meet the objectives of the Services.
ARTICLE 12. INSURANCE
12.1 STC shall maintain during the Initial Term or any Renewal Term commercial general liability insurance that covers its liability and obligations hereunder including property damage and personal injury.
12.2 The liability limits under these policies shall be, at a minimum, one million ($1,000,000) dollars per occurrence, with a combined single limit for bodily injury and property damage liability.
ARTICLE 13. MISCELLANEOUS TERMS
13.1 Force Majeure. Neither party shall be liable to the other party for any delay, failure in performance, loss, or damage to the extent caused by force majeure conditions such as acts of God, fire, explosion, power blackout, cable cut, acts of regulatory or governmental agencies, unavailability of right-of- way, unavailability of services or materials upon which the Services rely, or other causes beyond the party’s reasonable control, except that Customer’s obligation to pay for Services provided shall not be excused. Changes in economic, business or competitive condition shall not be considered force majeure events.
13.2 Assignment and Transfer. Neither Party shall assign any right, obligation or duty, in whole or in part, nor of any other interest hereunder, without the prior written consent of the other Party, which shall not be unreasonably withheld. The foregoing notwithstanding, STC may assign this Agreement to any affiliate, related entity, or successor in interest without Customer’s consent. In addition, STC may partially assign its rights and obligations hereunder to any party that acquires from STC all or substantially all of the assets of a network(s) in which the Services is deployed to Customer. All obligations and duties of either Party under this Agreement shall be binding on all successors in interest and assigns of such Party.
13.3 Export Law and Regulation. Customer acknowledges that any products, software, and technical information (including, but not limited to, services and training) provided pursuant to the Agreement may be subject to U.S. export laws and regulations, and any foreign use or transfer of such products, software, and technical information must be authorized under those regulations. Customer agrees that it will not use distribute, transfer, or transmit the products, software, or technical information (even if incorporated into other products) except in compliance with U.S. export regulations. If requested by STC, Customer also agrees to sign written assurances and other export-related documents as may be required for STC to comply with U.S. export regulations.
13.4 Notices. Except as otherwise provided in this Agreement, any notices or other communications contemplated or required under this Agreement, in order to be valid, shall be in writing and shall be sent by USPS certified mail (return receipt). Notices to Customer shall be sent to the Customer billing address; notices to STC shall be sent to 5305 Lake Worth Road, Greenacres FL 33463, Attn: Director of Business Customer Operations, with an email copy to: firstname.lastname@example.org Attn.: Senior Vice President & General Counsel. All such notices shall be deemed given and effective on the day when delivered by overnight delivery service or certified mail.
13.5 Entire Understanding. The Agreement constitutes the entire understanding of the parties related to the subject matter hereof.
The Agreement supersedes all prior agreements, proposals, representations, statements, or understandings, whether written or oral, concerning the Services or the parties’ rights or obligations relating to the Services. Any prior representations, promises, inducements, or statements of intent regarding the Services that are not expressly provided for in this Agreement are of no effect. Terms or conditions contained in any purchase order, or restrictive endorsements or other statements on any form of payment, shall be void and of no force or effect. Only specifically authorized representatives of STC may make modifications to this Agreement or this Agreement’s form. No modification to the form or this Agreement made by a representative of STC who has not been specifically authorized to make such modifications shall be binding upon STC. No subsequent agreement among the parties concerning the Services shall be effective or binding unless it is executed in writing by authorized representatives of both parties.
13.6 Tariffs. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the Agreement, STC may elect or be required to file tariffs with regulatory agencies for certain Services. In such event, the terms set forth in the Agreement may, under applicable law, be superseded by the terms and conditions of the Tariffs. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, in the event of any inconsistency with respect to rates, the rates and other terms set forth in the applicable Sales Order shall be treated as individual case based arrangements to the maximum extent permitted by law, and STC shall take such steps as are required by law to make the rates and other terms enforceable. If STC voluntarily or involuntarily cancels or withdraws a Tariff under which a Service is provided to Customer, the Service will thereafter be provided pursuant to the Agreement and the terms and conditions contained in the Tariff immediately prior to its cancellation or withdrawal. In the event that STC is required by a governmental authority to modify a Tariff under which Service is provided to Customer in a manner that is material and adverse to either party, the affected party may terminate the applicable Sales Order upon a minimum thirty (30) days’ prior written notice to the other party, without further liability.
13.7 Construction. In the event that any portion of this Agreement is held to be invalid or unenforceable, the parties shall replace the invalid or unenforceable portion with another provision that, as nearly as possible, reflects the original intention of the parties, and the remainder of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect.
13.8 Survival. The rights and obligations of either party that by their nature would continue beyond the expiration or termination of this Agreement or any Service Order, including without limitation representations and warranties, indemnifications, and limitations of liability, shall survive termination or expiration of this Agreement or any Service Order.
13.9 Choice of Law. The domestic law of the state [state] shall govern the construction, interpretation, and performance of this Agreement, except to the extent superseded by federal law.
13.10 No Third Party Beneficiaries. This Agreement does not expressly or implicitly provide any third party (including users) with any remedy, claim, liability, reimbursement, cause of action, or other right or privilege.
13.11 No Waiver. No failure by either party to enforce any rights hereunder shall constitute a waiver of such right(s).
13.12 Independent Contractors. The Parties to this Agreement are independent contractors. Neither Party is an agent, representative, or partner of the other Party. Neither Party shall have any right, power, or authority to enter into any agreement for, or on behalf of, or incur any obligation or liability of, or to otherwise bind, the other Party. This Agreement shall not be interpreted or construed to create an association, agency, joint venture, or partnership between the Parties or to impose any liability attributable to such a relationship upon either Party.
13.13 Article Headings. The article headings used herein are for reference only and shall not limit or control any term or provision of this Agreement or the interpretation or construction thereof.
13.14 Compliance with Laws. Each of the Parties agrees to comply with all applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations and ordinances in the performance of its respective obligations under this Agreement.
ADDITIONAL TERMS APPLICABLE TO VOICE SERVICES AND HOSPITALITY VOICE SERVICES
In addition to provisions 1 THROUGH 13 above, the following Articles 16 through 20 are specifically applicable to Voice Services.
ARTICLE 16: USAGE BILLING
16.1 Voice Service calling plans billed as a flat monthly fee may not include certain call types. These excluded call types will instead be charged on a per-call basis (e.g., operator services) or a measured basis (e.g., international calls). Generally, for billing purposes, a measured call begins when the call is answered by the called party or an automated answering device (such as an answering machine or fax machine); it ends when one of the parties disconnects the call.
16.2 Except as otherwise provided in these General Terms and Conditions, Voice Service measured calls are recorded in whole minutes, with partial minutes rounded up to the next whole minute. If the computed charge for a measured call or for taxes or surcharges includes a fraction of a cent, the fraction is rounded up to the nearest whole cent.
16.3 Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement, some providers (e.g., those involved in calls to foreign countries) charge for a completed call when the called party’s line rings or after a certain number of rings. If such a provider charges STC or its Associated Parties, as if such a call were answered by the called party, STC will charge Customer for a completed call. Voice Service,
including Hospitality Voice Service, pricing lists and fees can be found at [url].
ARTICLE 17: USE POLICY
17.1 Additional Use Restrictions. Except as otherwise provided in the General Terms and Conditions, Voice Service may only be used at Service Location(s) where such service is installed by STC. Customer understands and acknowledges that if Customer attempts to install or use the STC Equipment or Voice Service at another location, Voice Service, including but not limited to 911/E911, may fail to function or may function improperly. It will be considered a material violation of this Agreement if Customer moves Voice Service to another location without first notifying STC. Customer expressly agrees not to use Voice Service for auto-dialing, continuous or extensive call forwarding, telemarketing, fax broadcasting or fax blasting, or for any other use that results in excessive usage inconsistent with standard commercial calling patterns. If STC determines, in its sole discretion, that Customer’s use of Voice Service is excessive or in violation of this Agreement, STC reserves the right, among other things, to terminate or modify Voice Service immediately and without notice.
ARTICLE 17A: SERVICE LIMITATION
17A.1 Disruption of Service. Customer acknowledges and understands that Voice Service will not be available for use under certain circumstances, including without limitation when the network or facilities are not operating or if normal electrical power to the MTA, ATA or ALG is interrupted and such equipment does not have a functioning backup. Customer also understands and acknowledges that the performance of the battery backup is not guaranteed. If the battery backup does not provide power, Voice Services will not function until normal power is restored. Customer also understands that certain online features of Voice Service, where such features are available, will not be available under certain circumstances, including but not limited to the interruption of the Internet connection.
17A.2 Provision of Service. Subject to the terms and conditions herein, Voice Services are intended for commercial use only.
ARTICLE 18: LIMITATIONS OF 911/E911
18.1 Limitations. Voice Services includes a 911/ Enhanced 911 function (“911/E911”) that may differ from the 911 or Enhanced 911 function furnished by other providers. As such, it may have certain limitations. CUSTOMER ACKNOWLEDGES AND ACCEPTS ANY LIMITATIONS OF 911/E911.
18.2 Correct Address. In order for Customer’s 911/E911 calls to be properly directed to emergency services, STC must have Customer’s correct Service Location address. If Customer moves Voice Service to a different Service Location without STC’s approval, 911/E911 calls may be directed to the wrong emergency authority, may transmit the wrong Service Location address, and/or Voice Service (including 911/E911) may fail altogether. Therefore, Customer must contact STC at least five (5) days before moving Voice Service to a new Service Location. All changes in Service Location require STC’s prior approval.
18.3 Service Interruptions. Customer acknowledges and understands that certain Voice Service uses the electrical power in Customer’s Service Location. If there is an electrical power outage, 911 calling may be interrupted if the battery backup in the associated MTA, ALA or ALG is not installed, fails, or is exhausted after several hours. Furthermore, calls, including calls to 911/E911, may not be completed if Customer exceeds its Voice Service and equipment configuration calling capacity or if there is a problem with network facilities, including network congestion, network/equipment/power failure, or another technical problem.
18.4 Suspension and Termination by STC. Customer understands and acknowledges that Voice Service, including 911/E911, as well as all online features of Voice Service, where STC make these features available, will be disabled if Customer’s account is suspended or terminated.
18.5 LIMITATION OF LIABILITY AND INDEMNIFICATION. CUSTOMER ACKNOWLEDGES AND AGREES THAT NEITHER STC NOR ITS ASSOCIATED PARTIES WILL BE LIABLE FOR ANY VOICE SERVICE OUTAGE, INABILITY TO DIAL 911 USING THE SERVICES, AND/OR INABILITY TO ACCESS EMERGENCY SERVICE PERSONNEL. CUSTOMER AGREE TO DEFEND, INDEMNIFY, AND HOLD HARMLESS STC AND ITS ASSOCIATED PARTIES FROM ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, LOSSES, DAMAGES, FINES, PENALTIES, COSTS, AND EXPENSES (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO REASONABLE ATTORNEY FEES) BY, OR ON BEHALF OF, CUSTOMER OR ANY THIRD PARTY OR USER OF THE VOICE SERVICES RELATING TO THE FAILURE OR OUTAGE OF THE SERVICES, INCLUDING THOSE RELATED TO 911/E911.
ARTICLE 19: VOICE EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS
19.1 MTA. To use Voice Service, Customer will need a multimedia terminal adapter (“MTA”), application layer gateway (“ALG”), analog telephone adapter (“ATA”) or other adapter device. Customer can lease an MTA from STC, in which case it will be STC Equipment. Or, in some areas, STC may permit Customer to use Voice Service with an MTA that Customer has purchased, in which case the MTA will be Customer Equipment. Customer agrees to keep the MTA plugged into a working electrical power outlet at all times.
19.2 Incompatible Equipment and Services. Customer acknowledges and understands Voice Service may not support or be compatible with:
(a) Non-recommended configurations including but not limited to MTAs, ATAs or ALGs not currently certified by STC as compatible with Voice Service;
(b) Certain non-voice communications equipment, including certain makes or models of alarm and security systems, certain medical monitoring devices, certain fax machines, and certain “dial-up” modems;
(c) Rotary-dial phone handsets, pulse-dial phone handsets, and models of other voice-related communications equipment such as certain private branch exchange (PBX) equipment, answering machines, and traditional Caller ID units;
(d) Casual/dial around (10-10) calling; 976, 900, 700, or 500 number calling;
(e) 311, 511, or other x11 calling (other than 411 and 911); and
(f) Other call types not expressly set forth in STC’s product literature (e.g., outbound shore-to-ship calling).
ARTICLE 20: ADDITIONAL LIMITATIONS ON STC’S LIABILITY FOR VOICE SERVICE
20.1 Limitations on STC’s Liability for Directories and Directory Assistance for Voice Service Customers. THESE LIMITATIONS SHALL APPLY WHERE STC MAKES AVAILABLE AN OPTION TO LIST CUSTOMER’S NAME, ADDRESS, AND/OR TELEPHONE NUMBER IN A PUBLISHED DIRECTORY OR DIRECTORY ASSISTANCE DATABASE, AND ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS OCCURS: (i) CUSTOMER REQUESTS THAT CUSTOMER’S NAME, ADDRESS AND/OR PHONE NUMBER BE OMITTED FROM A DIRECTORY OR DIRECTORY ASSISTANCE DATABASE, BUT THAT INFORMATION IS INCLUDED IN EITHER OR BOTH; (ii) CUSTOMER REQUESTS THAT CUSTOMER’S NAME, ADDRESS AND/OR PHONE NUMBER BE INCLUDED IN A DIRECTORY OR DIRECTORY ASSISTANCE DATABASE, BUT THAT INFORMATION IS OMITTED FROM EITHER OR BOTH; OR (iii) THE PUBLISHED OR LISTED INFORMATION FOR CUSTOMER’S ACCOUNT CONTAINS MATERIAL ERRORS OR OMISSIONS. IF ANY OF THESE CONDITIONS PERTAIN, THEN THE AGGREGATE LIABILITY OF STC AND ITS ASSOCIATED PARTIES SHALL NOT EXCEED THE MONTHLY CHARGES, IF ANY, WHICH CUSTOMER HAS ACTUALLY PAID TO STC TO LIST, PUBLISH, NOT LIST, OR NOT PUBLISH THE INFORMATION FOR THE AFFECTED PERIOD. CUSTOMER SHALL HOLD HARMLESS STC AND ITS ASSOCIATED PARTIES AGAINST ANY AND ALL CLAIMS FOR DAMAGES CAUSED OR CLAIMED TO HAVE BEEN CAUSED, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, BY THE ERRORS AND OMISSIONS REFERENCED ABOVE. FURTHERMORE, IF STC MAKES AVAILABLE DIRECTORY
ADVERTISING SERVICES, NEITHER STC NOR ANY OF ITS ASSOCIATED PARTIES WILL BE LIABLE FOR ANY ACTS, ERRORS, OR OMISSIONS RELATED TO SUCH DIRECTORY ADVERTISING.
20.2 CUSTOMER INFORMATION. STC and its suppliers reserve the right both during the term of this Agreement and upon its termination to delete Customer’s voicemail, call detail, data, files, or other information that is stored on STC’s or its suppliers’ servers or systems, in accordance with our storage policies. Customer understands and acknowledges that STC shall have no liability whatsoever as a result of the loss or removal of any such voicemail, call detail, data, files, or other information.
ARTICLE 20A: ADDITIONAL TERMS APPLICABLE TO TOLL FREE SERVICES
In addition to Articles 1 THROUGH 13 and Articles 17 THROUGH 20, the following Article 20A is specifically applicable to Toll Free Services offered by STC:
20A.1 Limitation. Subject to service availability, Customer may order Toll Free Services. Toll Free Services are not intended for residential use. In order to purchase and retain Toll Free Service with STC, Customer must have Voice Services, and must map each Toll Free telephone number (“TFN”) to a Voice Service telephone number (“Associated TN”). If Customer terminates an Associated TN at any time during the Toll Free Services term, Customer must immediately: (1) map the applicable TFN to another Digital Voice telephone number on Customer’s STC account, (2) purchase a new Digital Voice telephone number to map to the TFN, (3) port out the TFN to another toll free carrier; or (4) disconnect the TFN. If Customer fails to take immediate action as indicated above, STC will disconnect the TFN. STC shall have no liability for loss of Toll Free Services which results from Customer failing to take immediate action as indicated above.
20A.2 Term and Termination. Toll Free Services are offered on a month to month basis. Customer shall have the right to terminate Toll Free Services, at any time, for any reason, upon thirty (30) days prior notice to STC, subject to payment of all outstanding amounts due for the Toll Free Services and the return of any and all STC Equipment. Termination of Toll Free Services is not subject to Termination Charges. Toll Free Services will terminate simultaneously with Customer’s Voice Services.
20A.3 Authorization. When ordering Toll Free Service, as set forth or referenced in each applicable Service Order Customer authorizes STC to act as its agent in initiating and provisioning such Toll Free Service.
20A.4. Toll Free Charges
(a) Prices. Toll Free Service is subject to the toll free pricing identified in the applicable Service Order.
(b) Billing Increments. Unless otherwise stated in a Service Order, usage-based charges will be billed on either a per-minute or per- message basis. Service calls invoiced on a per-minute basis will have an initial minimum call duration of one (1) minute, subsequent intervals of one (1) minute each, and will be billed by rounding to the next whole minute.
(c) Rounding of Charges. STC reserves the right to round up any and all invoice amounts to the nearest one (1) cent.
(d) Provision of Service. Subject to the terms and conditions herein, Toll Free Services are intended for commercial use only.
ARTICLE 20B: ADDITIONAL TERMS APPLICABLE TO TRUNK SERVICES
In addition to provisions 1 THROUGH 13 and Articles 17, 19 AND 20 above, the following Article 20B is specifically applicable to Trunk Services offered by STC:
20B.1 Limitation. Subject to service availability, Customer may order Trunk Services. Trunk Services are not intended for residential use.
20B.2 911 Notice for Trunk Services. Customer expressly acknowledges and agrees that it has reviewed, understands, and agrees to the terms set forth below.
(a) Customer action is essential to the protection of its employees and other users of the Trunk Services, as described below. Multi- line telephone systems, such as PBX systems, ordinarily only transmit the same, generic location information for all 911 calls placed from any handset connected to the PBX or other system. For example, in the case of a business with telephone extensions in three buildings and multiple floors in each building, the E911 call taker would only see the same main telephone number and location that the customer has identified, regardless of which station was used to place the call. If Customer does not take action as described below, fire, police and other emergency responders may be delayed or even prevented from timely reaching its location in response to a 911 call.
(b) STC offers the opportunity for Customers to designate up to ten different zones within their premises that would be separately identified to the E911 call taker, such as a specific floor, side of a building, or other identifying information that could assist emergency responders to more quickly reach the appropriate location. To utilize this option, Customer must in the initial or a subsequent Service Order request the assignment of Emergency
Location Information numbers and provide location information for each zone exactly as it should appear to the 911 call taker. For each zone requested, up to ten, Customer will receive a phone number that STC will register in the 911 database or databases with the specific location information provided by Customer. Customer is solely responsible for programming its telephone system to map each station to one of these numbers, and for updating the system as necessary to reflect moves or additions of stations within the premises.
(c) Many states now require businesses using multi-line telephone systems to program their systems to transmit specific location information for 911 calls. Customer acknowledges and understands that it, and not STC, bears sole responsibility to ensure that it identifies and complies with all such applicable laws, and any failure to do so is a breach of the Agreement. Customer represents, warrants and covenants that it will utilize the STC Emergency Location Information numbers described above at least to the extent required by law, and that Customer does not require the use of more than ten different location identifiers or other features not currently offered under this Agreement in order to comply with applicable laws. Customer also warrants that it does not currently have “Private Switch/Automatic Location Identification” service in connection with its existing telephone service from another provider at the location(s) for which it has ordered Trunk Services from STC.
(d) STC will post only the main billing telephone number in the 911 database or databases using Customer’s billing address as the Registered Location, unless Customer requests the assignment of Emergency Location Information as set forth above. Customer must notify STC at least five (5) days prior to moving the Trunk Service to another location. Customer acknowledges that if they move prior to providing such notice and a 911 call is placed using the Trunk Services, or if Customer when using Emergency Location Information numbers does not timely update their telephone system to account for internal moves, adds and changes, the E911 call taker may see incorrect or incomplete location information and the caller may need to confirm their actual location information to the call taker.
(e) Some businesses elect to make test calls to 911 from multiple stations to verify that the 911 call taker receives the desired location information and is able to call back one or more of the telephone numbers that they receive to confirm it rings to the station from which the 911 call was placed. If Customer chooses to do so, it agrees to obtain prior approval from the relevant emergency communications center and assumes all responsibility for the placement of such calls.
20B.3 Recommended Battery Back-Up is NOT Included
Customer acknowledges and understands that the Trunk Services use the electrical power from the Service Location. Customer understands and acknowledges that they may lose access to and use of the Trunk Services, including 911/E911, if electrical power to the
Integrated Access Device (IAD), PBX switch, and/or handsets is
interrupted and such devices are not supported by a working battery backup. Customer also understands and acknowledges that STC does not provide a battery backup for such devices and Customer is urged to arrange for their own backup power supply to these devices. In the event of a power outage, the duration of Trunk Service during a power outage using the STC Equipment installed to provide Trunk Service will depend on Customer’s backup power choice. If the IAD is disconnected or removed and/or a battery is not charged, Trunk Service, including access to 911, will not be available. Customer acknowledges and agrees that in the event of a power failure, STC bears no responsibility for such loss of service.
20B.4 Customer Responsibility for Telephone Equipment
(a) Customer is solely responsible for providing and maintaining working PBX equipment and handsets (Customer- Provided Equipment), notifying and training its users regarding proper use of the system in accordance with applicable, including regulatory, requirements, and for any programming to its telephone system that may be necessary to enable direct dialing of N11 numbers such as 911 and to enable calls to be connected to new area codes. Customer also acknowledges and accepts that STC does not support seven- digit local calling even in areas of the country that still permit that option, and Customer will program its system as necessary to support ten-digit dialing for local calls.
(b) STC shall not be responsible to the Customer if changes in any of the facilities, operations or procedures of STC utilized in the provision of Trunk Service render any Customer-Provided Equipment or other equipment provided by a Customer obsolete or require modification or alteration of such equipment or system or otherwise affect its use or performance.
(c) Customer must arrange its Customer-Provided Equipment to provide for the interception of assigned but unused station numbers. A call intercepted by the attendant will be considered to be completed and subject to a charge for the call.
(d) Customer acknowledges and agrees that Trunk Service is not compatible with alarm and security systems, certain medical monitoring devices, certain fax machines, and certain “dial-up” modems. Customer’s attempt to use any such systems in connection with Trunk Services is solely at its own risk and STC shall not be liable for any damages whatsoever for any non-operation or damage to such services or devices.
20B.5 Trunk Service Charges.
(a) Prices. Trunk Service is subject to the trunk service pricing identified in the applicable Service Order, and subject to the pricing lists and fees found at [url].
(b) Billing Increments. Unless otherwise stated in a Service Order,
domestic long distance calls, and in-bound domestic calls to toll-free numbers associated with Trunk Services will be billed on a per-minute or per-message basis. Service calls invoiced on a per-minute basis will have an initial minimum call duration of one (1) minute, subsequent intervals of one (1) minute each, and will be billed by rounding to the next whole minute. All other calls will be billed in accordance with the increments identified in the pricing lists and fees found at [url]. For purposes of this section, “domestic” means calls within the continental United States.