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TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF INTERNET SERVICES

These Terms and Conditions constitute an Agreement between you, the end user, and Express Telephony Limited. These Terms and Conditions apply to the use by you of on-line information, communication and access to information and services provided by third parties (hereinafter the Service) and the use of any software program(s) (hereinafter Software) and any associated documentation which may be included in the delivery (hereinafter Accompanying Material) that you, the end user, are now taking into use.You should read these terms carefully. By using the Service, you will be deemed to have accepted and will be bound by these Terms and Conditions.

1. COMMENCEMENT AND DURATION OF THIS AGREEMENT.

This Agreement commences on the date service is connected at your premises or where we accept you request to receive the Service (the ‘Commencement Date’) and will continue indefinitely until terminated by either of us giving one calendar months notice in writing to the other, such notice by you to expire no earlier than the first anniversary of the commencement date. Broadband services are subject to an agreed minimum contract term of 30 days, 1 year, two years or 3 years shown on the order and commencement is subject to there being no technical reason preventing us from providing the Service. You can only cancel your broadband service within the minimum contract term by paying the monthly subscriptions in full up to the expiry of the contract; thereafter, you may terminate at any time by giving us 30 days written notice. Services are all billed in monthly periods with one months notice required to cancel and may be subject to early termination charges.

2. THE SERVICE

a) You must pay us all charges relation to your use of the Service from the Commencement Date in accordance with the provisions of Clause 4 below. You are responsible for providing a suitable PC, modem, router (if applicable) and any other items of hardware or communications equipment necessary to enable you to access the Service unless such equipment or services are being supplied by Us. Our Internet Services are only available to you if you have a valid contract for the use of a BT analogue direct exchange line (whether that is invoiced to you by BT or another service provider) which terminates on an Openreach approved socket in your premises. Broadband may not be available on any extension sockets that you have installed. During connection of your broadband service, you may experience a temporary interruption to the normal voice Service on your analogue line. You will only be able to use the broadband Service whilst the analogue line remains connected by BT and you are responsible for ensuring all charges relation therein are paid to your BT line service provider.

b) We are unable to guarantee that the Service will be available fault-free. If a fault occurs, you should report the fault by telephone, e-mail or in writing to our support service desk which you should familiarise yourself with. We may suspend the Service, including for scheduled periods of downtime, where necessary for operational reasons such as repair, maintenance or improvement of the Service, or because of an operational emergency. Except in the event of an emergency, we will try to give you as much notice as possible of any periods of downtime of the Service by sending you an e-mail or by any other reasonable means. We will restore the Service after suspension as soon as we reasonably can.

c) The provision of ADSL or FTTC or FTTP on a BT line in order to use one of our broadband Services is subject to a line test and survey. We can only provide Broadband Services in areas of the United Kingdom in which we are technically able and we will endeavour to provide the Broadband Service you have selected. , however the speed may be affected at times due to contention or network congestion. If we cannot provide you with broadband, we will notify you as soon as possible. We may impose such restrictions on our use of our broadband Services as we may feel are appropriate at our sole discretion in order to maintain a high quality service to all our customers.

d) You agree not to publish on or over the Service any information, software or other content which violates or infringes upon the rights of any others or which would be offensive, abusive, indecent, defamatory, obscene or otherwise unlawful, or would be considered offensive by an average person.

e) We do not engage in the active screening of on-line material and will be entitled, but shall not be obliged, to suspend service at any time at our sole discretion or at the request of legal enforcement services.

f) You are solely responsible for evaluating the accuracy and completeness of any content that may appear on-line and the value and integrity of any goods and services offered by third parties.

g) We do not generally monitor the content of information sent and received using the broadband Service, however we reserve the right to do so if required to by legal enforcement bodies and we also draw your attention to our fair usage policy rules. if you are not on any of our unlimited broadband packages and you exceed your allotted monthly bandwidth limits you will be charged for excess usage. This is charged from £1.00 plus vat per 1GB per Month in arrears depending on the supplier used to provide your service. We expect all customers to ensure they monitor their own usage of bandwidth allocated to them and accept no responsibility for not informing you until the monthly usage has been exceeded. We will endeavour to bring this to your attention as soon as possible. It is your responsibility to ensure the problem is resolved to avoid further excess bandwidth usage charges being incurred.

3. REGISTRATION FOR THE SERVICE AND SECURITY.

a) In order to register for the Service, set up an account and to designate authorised users of your account (herein “Designated Users”) you must be, and you represent and warrant that you are, at least 18 years of age. You acknowledge that you are aware that areas accessible on or through the Service may contain material that is unsuitable for persons under eighteen (18) years of age and you agree to supervise usage of the Service by any minors who you may permit to use the Service.

b) You confirm and warrant that all the information supplied by you when you register for the Service is true, complete and accurate in all respects and you agree to notify us immediately to any changes to that information.

c) You are responsible for ensuring that no unauthorised access is obtained to the Service through your account.

d) You will be entirely liable for all activities conducted and charges incurred through your account whether by you or any of your Designated Users.

e) In order to access the Service via ADSL, VDSL etc, you will be issued a unique user name and password.

f) To establish additional email accounts where supplied, you will need to select your own email address(es) and password(s). You are responsible for the security and proper use of all these passwords and must take all necessary steps to ensure these passwords are kept confidential, used properly and not disclosed to unauthorised people.

g) You must inform us immediately if you have any reason to believe that any password has become known to someone not authorised to use it or if any password is being or is likely to be used in an unauthorised way.

h) If we have reason to believe that there is likely to be a breach of security or misuse of the Service we may change any or all of your passwords and notify you accordingly or in extreme services reserve the right to suspend the service until further notice.

i) If you forget any password, you may contact the Express Telephony Support desk using https://support.expresstelephony.co.uk or by telephone. Subject to satisfying the security checks in operation, you will be given a new password to enable you to use the Service.

4. PAYMENT

a) All monthly subscriptions are payable monthly in advance. If the broadband service we are providing has a limit on the amount of data you can download free of charge each month, and you exceed that free limit, then you will be charged for any excess data in accordance with our fair usage policy rules. Any such chargeable data is payable, monthly in arrears. Unless specifically notified to the contrary, fixed monthly charges will (where applicable) be incurred from the day on which the relevant services is made available for you to use. You must pay all charges within 14 days of the date of any invoice by Direct Debit Mandate only unless agreed with the accounts department at the time of taking out the service contract with us. Where a customer for the Service has an account with us for other Services, payment will be collected by Direct Debit Mandate or BACS payment or such other means as may be accepted by us at our sole discretion.

b) The charges for all our Services are set out in our tariff guide, available on request this may change form time to time and we shall write to you with details of any changes, or notify you of such changes on your monthly bill.

c) Payment for services will only be accepted by Direct Debit Mandate system in almost all cases unless a valid alternative acceptable method of payment has been discussed and accepted by us. We will charge you each month an administration fee of £10 for each bill until such time as a valid Direct Debit Mandate payment is in place. If the amount of money in your bank or building society which covers your  payment is not enough to meet your monthly payment, or if you cancel your Direct Debit Mandate or change to a new bank without notifying us, so that we have to send you a reminder or make another request for payment, we reserve the right to charge an additional administration fee of £15 which we will add to your next monthly bill or statement.

d) If you owe us money and this is not paid when it should have been paid (time being of the essence), a late payment surcharge of 5% of the balance outstanding on your account will be added to your next monthly bill. In addition we reserve the right to suspend without further notice any services with outstanding balances that remain unpaid and pass on any costs that we incur in the collection of any overdue amount from you, including legal fees and/or agency collection charges.

e) On registration for the Service (or at any time later on), we may set a credit limit on the amount of charges you may incur. As our billing system is not updated instantly when you use the Service, you may exceed the credit limit, but if this happens, you will still be liable for all charges.

f) VAT (where applicable) will be added to all our charges.

5. VARIATION OF CHARGES AND TERMS

a) We reserve the right to increase or decrease our charges and/or introduce new charges from time to time, and we will give you at least 14 days prior notice. If we increase our charges you may cancel this Agreement with immediate effect by notifying us in writing.

b) We reserve the right to make changes to these terms from time to time at our sole discretion. If such a change materially adversely affects the Service, you may terminate this Agreement immediately.

c) We shall be entitled to change the number you dial to access the Service from time to time, or use a different network or carrier.

d) We may discontinue or modify any aspect of the Service at any time, such modifications becoming effective immediately upon publication. Any material modification will be notified to you in writing. By continuing to use the Service following any such modification, you will be deemed to have accepted such modification.

e) We may require you (where these items are supplied by us) to change your Domain Names, Hosting Services, URL or e-mail address and we may suspend the Service if we reasonably believe that any Domain Name, Hosting Service, URL or e-mail address you are using is, or is likely to be, offensive, abusive, defamatory or obscene or otherwise in breach of any term of this Agreement.

6. SUSPENSION OF THE SERVICE

We can suspend the provision of the Service immediately without telling you and without notice if;

a) We believe the Service is being used in an unauthorised way or for criminal activities;

b) You fail to pay any of our proper charges when due or commit a substantive breach of this Agreement;

c) Your credit limit is exceeded;

d) We are aware of or have reason to believe that this Agreement has been entered into fraudulently or we are satisfied that fraudulent or improper use of the Service is taking place;

e) We have reason to believe that any amount due from you may not be paid;

f) If your DDM payment instruction is refused or cancelled;

g) You may not do anything (or allow anything to be done) which we think may damage or affect the operation of the Service; or

h) There are reasons outside our control. In the above cases this Agreement does not come to an end and you are still liable for any monthly charges in respect of any period of suspension. However, if you are unable to use the Service for a continuous period of 3 days because: –

– There is a technical failure of the Service;

– They are being tested, modified or maintained; or

– Access is denied to us

You will receive a credit against any monthly charge you have paid, which will represent that part of the monthly charge relating to the period of suspension.

7. ENDING OF THIS AGREEMENT

a) You may end this Agreement immediately by writing to us if:-

– We do not do what we have to do under this Agreement and fail to put it right within 7 days of being asked in writing to do so; or

– The Service is permanently no longer available to you.

b) We may end this Agreement immediately by writing to you if:-

– You do anything (or allow anything to be done) which we reasonably believe may damage or affect the operation of the Service or you become bankrupt or make any arrangement with creditors or go into liquidisation or become subject to an administration order or a receiver is appointed over any of your assets; or

– You do not do what have to do under this Agreement (e.g. your failure to pay charges) and do not put it right within 7 days of being asked by us in writing to do so; or

– We are no longer able to provide the Service to you on a permanent basis; or

– We are directed to do so by any competent authority.

c) When this Agreement comes to an end you shall cease all use of the Service.

d) If we terminate this Agreement with you and provided that you are not in breach of any of these Terms and Conditions we will repay to you the appropriate proportion of any usage charges for the Service that you have paid in advance.

e) Any equipment supplied by us to enable you to use the Service (e.g. modems or routers) remain our property at all times and must be returned us upon termination of this Agreement, unless originally purchased by you from us at its full subsidised retail price.

f) There is a connection charge (currently from £50.00 to £125.00) payable in order to provide ADSL or FTTC service or a combined PABX Line and Broadband service. Where this has been paid by us and you subsequently cancel broadband within the first twelve months, you will have to pay this connection charge to us, in addition to any early termination fee which may be payable if the contract for services is cancelled during the term of contract. Migration of services from a losing provider to us the gaining provider may also incur one off charges which we will pass on where applicable.

8. INDEMNITY

a) you warrant that:-

– your use of the Service will not violate any law, regulation or treaty and that such use will not be in breach of the intellectual property rights of any person; and
– your use of the Service may only be for lawful purposes; and
– you shall not use or authorise or permit anyone else to use the Service for any use that is prohibited by these Terms and Conditions; and
– You warrant that you are entitled to use any trademark or name that you are seeking to use in any Domain Name(s) uniform resource locator (URL) or e-mail address.

b) you shall indemnify and hold us harmless against all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, costs and expenses incurred or suffered by us (including but not limited to claims in respect of defamation, breach of copyright or other intellectual property right infringement) by reason of a breach by you of any of your obligations set out in these Terms and Conditions.

9. LIABILITY AND EXCLUSIONS

a) We shall be liable to you if our negligence directly causes death or personal injury. In all other circumstances our liability to you under this Agreement is subject to a maximum of £5000 in any calendar year.

b) Except as expressly provided in these Terms and Conditions and to the extent permitted by law we exclude all liability whether in contract (including liability for negligence) or otherwise for the accuracy, suitability, quality or completeness of any on-line content and the value and integrity of goods and services offered by third parties.

c) The Service allows you to access the internet. The internet is separate from the Service and use of the internet is at your own risk and subject to any applicable laws or further Terms and Conditions. We have no responsibility for any goods, services, information, software or any materials you obtain using the internet.

d) We shall not be liable for any indirect or consequential damages whatsoever including, without limitation, damages or losses relating to business profits, lost savings, business interruption, loss of business information or data, or other pecuniary loss arising out to the use of the Services, software or accompanying material, even if we or the other party or person has been advised of the possibility of such damages.

e) There may be occasions when we are unable to provide the Services, or the downstream and/or upstream bandwidth available to you may be reduced. We will not be liable to you if that is the case, and if you choose to use an alternative internet service provider then we will not be responsible for that provider’s charges.

f) Email anti-spam and anti-virus is available at an extra charge. It is the users responsbility to ensure suitable security measures are put in place to protect data breaches and cyber security threats to your network. we are not liable for any loss or damage to customers’’ equipment, software or data due to failure of these Services or otherwise. We strongly recommend all broadband customers install a suitable firewall antivirus, anti – spam software and ensure it is properly configured to prevent unauthorised access to your PC and/or network.

 

10. FORCE MAJEURE

Neither party will be liable to the other for any failure to deliver the Service or for any breach by it of this Agreement, where such failure or breach is due to a reason outside the reasonable control of such party, including but not limited to, failure of a third party telecommunications provider, lightning, exceptionally severe weather, fire, explosion, war, riots, industrial disputes, acts of terrorism, government action or regulation or national or local emergency. If such failure to deliver continues for more than 3 months after the commencement of such failure, then either party may terminate this agreement on notice in writing to the other party.

11. MISCELLANEOUS

For all internet related support call our free phone number 0800 0522323 or email support@expresstelephony.co.uk. Calls to this number are free. Assistance is available Monday – Friday 0900-1700 (excluding public and bank holidays).