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Privacy Policy, Disclaimer and Liability Information

 

PRIVACY POLICY

 
The Vermont Broadband Information Consortium understands that you place trust in us when providing information through this website and that we have a responsibility to protect your privacy. This privacy policy describes what information we collect from you and how we may use and disclose your information. Please read this policy carefully to understand our approach to privacy.
 

What Information We Collect

 

We define personal information as your name, address, e-mail address and telephone number. Domain names and IP addresses are not considered to be personal information. We do not collect any identifying or personal data on site users unless that information is submitted as part of a request for information or you send an e-mail to Vermont Broadband Information Consortium through this website.

Vermont Broadband Information Consortium collects the following information automatically from every visitor to our website:
(1) Internet Protocol (IP) address and domain name of your Internet Service Provider
(2) Type of browser and operating system being used
(3) Date and time of visit
(4) What web pages were accessed during your visit; as well as the address of the website you visited immediately prior to coming to broadbandvt.org

This information is collected for statistical analysis only. Vermont Broadband Information Consortium does not use any of this information for marketing purposes; nor does Vermont Broadband Information Consortium sell any of the information that it collects.

Our system routinely collects information about origin and site navigation of website visitors. To collect this data, the site may use "session cookies". A "session cookie" is stored in temporary memory and is not retained after the browser is closed. This information is used only to help us continually modify the site based on use patterns and is not linked to any personal identifying information.

 

How We Will Use Information

 

Information about website use patterns will be utilized by the web team and other appropriate staff to modify and enhance the website. Identifying individual information (such as name, e-mail, and address) will be used only as requested or permitted by you. If you have indicated that we may share your information, we may share it, but without your name or other identifying information, on this website, in marketing or information materials, in reports or presentations or other public displays or disclosures made as a part of Vermont Broadband Information Consortium’s operations. We may use your identifying information to communicate with you if you have requested information from us or as necessary to confirm your identification. We may disclose any information that we receive from you if we are legally compelled to do so.

 

Consumer Choices      

 

Users have the option of asking that personal information be removed by submitting a request to the webmaster via the Contact Us page

 

Links

 

The web site may contain links to other external web sites. If you decide to utilize any of the external links, you will be directed to a site which is not covered by our privacy policy. We recommend that you read the privacy statements of these sites because their policies may differ from ours.  Links are not under the control of the Vermont Broadband Information Consortium, and are provided for the convenience of our visitors. They do not, in any way, constitute an endorsement of the linked pages or any commercial or private issues or products presented there. We cannot make any warranty or representation concerning the content of these sites or secondary sites from the pages to which they link. 

 

Security

 

Because no data transmission over the Internet is completely secure, and no system of physical or electronic security is impenetrable, we can not guarantee the security of the information you send to us or the security of our servers or databases, and by using the web site you agree to assume all risk in connection with the information sent to us or collected by us when you use the web site.

 

Children

 

This Website is not intended for use by children, especially those under age 13. No one under age 13 is allowed to provide any personal information or use any public discussion areas, forums or chats. Minors between the ages of 13 and 17 must get the permission of their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) before submitting information to this site. If you are worried about your children's activities or their privacy on our site, we encourage you to contact us. 

 

Changes to this Privacy Policy

 

Please note that this Privacy Policy may change from time to time. We will not reduce your rights under this Privacy Policy without your consent. We will post any Privacy Policy changes on this page and, if the changes are significant, we may also provide a more prominent notice.

 

TERMS OF USE

 

The following Terms of Use govern your use of the Vermont Broadband Information Consortium web site and any information contained on the web site. By using the web site you hereby agree to be bound by these Terms of Use.

 

Disclaimer and Prohibition of Unauthorized Use

 

This web site and the information it contains is provided as a public service by the Vermont Broadband Information Consortium. Vermont Broadband Information Consortium has collected information that it reasonably believes to be accurate and complete, but some of the information may be provided by third parties and Vermont Broadband Information Consortium cannot review or warrant that all information is accurate or complete and makes no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the contents of this web site and expressly disclaims liability for errors and omissions in the contents of this web site.

 

YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU ARE USING THE WEB SITE AND THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE WEB SITE AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE WEB SITE AND THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE WEB SITE IS PROVIDED "AS IS" AND “AS AVAILABLE”, AND No warranty of any kind, implied, expressed or statutory, including but not limited to the warranties of non-infringement of third party rights, title, merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and freedom from computer virus, is given with respect to the contents of this web site or its hyperlinks to other Internet resources. NEITHER VERMONT BROADBAND INFORMATION CONSORTIUM, NOR ANY OF ITS AFFILIATES, MEMBERS, SPONSORS OR CONTRIBUTORS SHALL HAVE ANY LIABILITY TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTIES FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ALLEGEDLY SUSTAINED ARISING OUT OF YOUR USE OF THE WEB SITE OR ANY INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE WEB SITE, INCLUDING FOR VIRUSES ALLEGED TO HAVE BEEN OBTAINED FROM THE WEB SITE, REGARDLESS OF THE TYPE OF CLAIM OR THE NATURE OF THE CAUSE OF ACTION, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. 

 

Reference in this web site to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the Vermont Broadband Information Consortium. 

 

The web site is monitored to ensure proper operation, to verify the functioning of applicable security features, and for other similar purposes. Anyone using the web site expressly acknowledges and consents to such monitoring. Unauthorized attempts to modify any information stored on the web site, to defeat or circumvent security features, or to utilize the web site for other than its intended purposes are prohibited and may result in civil remedies, fine or criminal prosecution.

 

Ownership

 

 Information presented on this web site is considered public information and may be distributed or copied, unless expressly indicated otherwise. Trademarks for the Vermont Broadband Information Consortium and other organizations used on the web site are trademarks or registered trademarks of Vermont Broadband Information Consortium and such organizations. However, all information submitted to the Vermont Broadband Information Consortium via this web site shall be deemed and remain the property of the Vermont Broadband Information Consortium, except those submissions made under separate legal contract. The Vermont Broadband Information Consortium shall be free to use, for any purpose, any ideas, concepts, or techniques contained in information provided through this site.

 

If you submit or upload any information to the web site, you represent that you have all necessary rights and permissions, including copyright, to do so, that such information does not violate any right of any third party and that such information does not libel, slander or defame or violate the privacy or rights of publicity or any other right of any third party.

 

Vermont Broadband Information Consortium may modify or remove any information provided on this web site at any time and for any reason, including any information submitted or provided by you.

 

Copyright Complaints

 

Vermont Broadband Information Consortium respects the intellectual property of others, and we ask our users to do the same. We may, in appropriate circumstances and in our discretion, suspend or terminate the access of and take other action against users of or visitors to the web site who infringe the copyright rights of others. If you believe that your copyrighted work has been copied and is accessible on the web site in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, or that the web site contains links or other references to another online location that contains material or activity that infringes your copyrights, you may notify us (as required by the Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. sec. 512) by contacting contact@broadbandvt.org

 

 

Indemnification

 

You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Vermont Broadband Information Consortium and its affiliates and their respective officers, directors, employees and agents against any liability, damages or other expenses (including attorney’s fees and costs) arising from your use of this web site (including, without limitation, your dissemination or submission of any information).

 

Modification

 

We may modify these terms at any time. Your continued use of the web site constitutes your acceptance of the modified terms. You should review these terms regularly to determine whether they have been modified.

 

Governing Law and Jurisdiction

 

You agree that these Terms of Use, for all purposes, shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Vermont applicable to contracts to be wholly performed therein, and any action based on, relating to, or alleging a breach of this Agreement must be brought in Washington County Superior Court in Montpelier, Vermont. In addition, both parties agree to submit to the exclusive personal jurisdiction and venue of such court.