MetroCast Customer Privacy Notice
- Customer information we collect -- We keep regular business records that contain your name, your billing and email addresses and telephone numbers and other personally identifiable information. These records include some, but typically not all, of the following information: your driver's license number; social security number; bank and credit card account numbers used to pay for our services and other billing, payment and credit information; records indicating the number of television sets and other devices you may have connected to our cable system; service options you have chosen; customer correspondence and complaint and maintenance records. If you rent your residence, we may have a record of whether landlord permission was required prior to installing our cable facilities as well as your landlord's name, address and telephone number. We may combine the personally identifiable information that we collect as part of our regular business records with personally identifiable information obtained from third parties for the purpose of creating an enhanced customer database and records. We may maintain records of research concerning customer satisfaction and viewing habits which are obtained from customer interviews and questionnaires. In addition, we may collect anonymous and/or aggregate information using set-top boxes and other equipment. When you use our interactive or other transactional services such as video-on-demand or pay-per-view, our systems may automatically collect certain information about your use of these services. Most of this information is not personally identifiable information, and is used, by way of example, to carry out a particular request you make using your remote control, set-top box or other equipment.
- How we use customer information -- We use the personally identifiable information we collect about you primarily to conduct business activities related to providing you with our cable services and other services, and to help us detect and prosecute theft of service. Generally we use this information for billing and collections, administration, customer surveys, marketing of our products and services, service delivery and customization, maintenance and operations, fraud prevention, disconnect and reconnect services, and our own tax and accounting records, statistics and demographic studies. We also use this information to identify you when inquiries or changes are made with respect to your account or the services that you receive. We may also electronically test the system from time to time to determine whether you are being properly billed for the MetroCast services you are receiving. We may use anonymous and/or aggregate information that we collect using set-top boxes and other equipment to determine which programs are most popular, how many people watch a program to its conclusion or commercials and which cable features are used most often. We also may use this information to improve our cable television service and other services and to make programming and advertising more relevant to you without disclosing personally identifiable information about you to programmers or advertisers.
- Disclosure of customer information to third parties -- We may disclose personally identifiable information about you to a third party if (a) you consent in advance in writing or electronically; (b) disclosure is necessary to conduct a legitimate business activity related to the cable service and other services we provide to you; (c) disclosure is required by law, legal process or court order; or (d) disclosure is made to a governmental entity as authorized under Chapters 119, 121 or 206 of Title 18, United States Code, except that such disclosure shall not include records revealing subscriber selection of video programming. Disclosure necessary to conduct a legitimate business activity related to the services we provide includes, but is not limited to, the release of personally identifiable information to employees, contractors, and other agents of the company to install, market, provide and audit cable service; to collection agencies if necessary to collect past due bills or unreturned equipment; to program suppliers (or their agents) to send program guides and for auditing purposes; to our attorneys and accountants if required for the proper functioning of our business; to third-party billing systems to prepare and send your bills, to a third-party purchaser of our cable system assets; and to our attorneys and/or law enforcement agencies if necessary for the detection and prosecution of theft of services or other unauthorized or illegal activities. The frequency of any disclosure of personally identifiable information varies in accordance with our business needs and activities. Unless you object, from time to time, we may also disclose your name and address for cable-related mailing lists and other purposes. We may also provide certain anonymous or aggregated information to third parties for programming, advertising and similar purposes. We will not disclose the extent of your viewing or use of a particular service or the nature of any transaction you may make over the cable system except on an anonymous or aggregated basis. If you wish to remove your name from such lists or limit the use of your name at any time, please contact us in writing. Your written notification should NOT be sent with your payment, it should be mailed to your local MetroCast office. The local office address appears below and on the top left corner of your bill. If you have previously notified us, in writing, to remove your name from any mailing list, it is NOT necessary to notify us again. Please note, MetroCast does not release the names and addresses of its customers to any third party except as it relates to providing legitimate cable-related services to our customers.
- How do we protect the information - We follow standard industry practices and take such actions as are reasonably necessary to prevent unauthorized access to customers' personally identifiable information by a person other than the customer or us. We cannot guarantee, however, that these practices will prevent every unauthorized attempt to access, use or disclose personally identifiable information.
- How long do we keep information -- We will maintain information about you for as long as we provide service to you and for a longer time if necessary for related business activities. Ordinarily, we will keep records for at least six (6) years for tax reasons. When information is no longer necessary for our purposes, we will destroy the information unless there is a court order or a pending legitimate request or governmental order to inspect or maintain the information.
- Your right to review and correct the information -- You have the right to inspect our records that contain information specifically about you, correct any error in our information, and enforce your rights under federal law. We will correct our records if you make a reasonable showing that any of the personally identifiable information we have collected about you is incorrect. We reserve the right to charge you for the cost of copying any documents that you request. Except for disclosures to a governmental entity as authorized under Chapters 119, 121 or 206 of Title 18, United States Code or when we are prohibited from notifying you by a court or administrative order, you generally have a right to advance notice and an opportunity to participate in a proceeding in which the government seeks to obtain your personally identifiable information from us. If you wish to inspect the records pertaining to you at our system office or review your statutory rights, please contact us to set up an appointment during regular business hours. Federal law limits our collection and disclosure of personally identifiable information as described above, and an aggrieved party may bring a private action in a United States District Court to enforce his/her federal rights, including recovery of statutory damages and costs.
MetroCast Policies & Procedures
The following information summarizes our policies and procedures affecting the cable services you receive from us:
- TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF OUR SERVICES. In return for the timely payment of a monthly fee and other applicable service charges, we will provide to you the services that you select from the programming packages we offer. As required by federal law, you must first subscribe to our Limited Basic Service to buy other optional cable television services. Subject to applicable law, we have the right at any time to change the services and equipment that we offer to you, as well as prices and fees for such services and equipment. We also may rearrange, delete or add to or otherwise change the programming services provided by us. If the change directly affects the services you are receiving from us, we will provide you notice of the change and the effective date. The notice may be provided on your monthly bill, as a bill insert, in a newspaper or by any other permitted communication. If you find the change unacceptable, you have the right to cancel or change your service; however, if you continue to receive the service after the effective date of the change, we will consider this acceptance of the change.
- OUR INSTALLATION AND SERVICE MAINTENANCE POLICIES. Absent unusual circumstances, our cable system will deliver a video and audio signal meeting all required standards to at least two television sets in your home or business. In addition, the installation and/or maintenance work we perform and the materials we use will be free from defects for a period of 90 days after such work is completed. If any defects in workmanship or materials are reported to us within 90 days of when the work is completed, we shall correct such defects without charge to you. Correction of such defects shall constitute our sole obligation, however. This obligation will not apply to defects resulting from abuse, misuse, tampering, acts of God, or repairs performed by unauthorized persons. We provide free service calls for any interruption of service resulting from the failure of our equipment, such as digital set-top boxes, that we install and continue to own, or from weather or other conditions clearly beyond the control of the customer. Other service calls including cable installation, repairs (such as failure of your equipment and cable home wiring that is not covered by the free service policy), and calls related to changes in the level of cable service will be billed at our standard rate.
- LIMITATION OF OUR LIABILITY. THE FOREGOING WARRANTY IS EXCLUSIVE AND IN LIEU OF ALL OTHER WARRANTIES, WHETHER WRITTEN OR IMPLIED, IN EQUITY OR IN LAW. WE SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIM ALL OTHER WARRANTIES, INCLUDING ANY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, UNLESS OTHERWISE PROHIBITED BY LAW. In no event shall we have any liability for special, indirect, incidental, or consequential damages arising out of our installation and/or maintenance activities or any materials furnished or used in connection with such activities (such as, but not limited to, losses or expenses due to inability to use the wiring or associated equipment), whether a claim is sought in contract, tort (including negligence), strict liability or otherwise.
- CABLE HOME WIRING. Federal law defines "cable home wiring" as the internal wiring contained within your premises, which begins at the demarcation point. The "demarcation point" is defined by federal law as the point at (or about) 12 inches outside of where the wire enters the outside wall of your single family home or, in the case of an apartment building, 12 inches outside of where the cable wire enters the outside wall of your individual unit. Cable home wiring does not include any active elements such as amplifiers, digital set-top boxes or remote control units that may be located within your premises. Cable home wiring is your property and its maintenance, repair and replacement is your sole responsibility unless we specifically assume such responsibility in a written agreement with you.
- INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO USE OUR CABLE SERVICE. Our cable television service is delivered by a broadband RF signal. We encode this signal with multiple visual, audio and text information. Our cable television signal may be split using conventional broadband splitters available through us or competitive sources. Directional switches or A/B switches also may be used to alternate between our RF signal and other broadband RF signals provided by competitors. Customer-owned equipment, such as cable-ready digital television sets with QAM capable tuners or cable-ready digital video recorders (DVRs) generally are capable of directly receiving the non-scrambled portions of our broadband signal. You can receive these unscrambled signals typically by selecting the appropriate channel number on a cable-ready digital television, DVR or digital set-top box. We also scramble a portion of our broadband signal, including our non-basic service tiers, premium and pay-per-view channels and our high definition and other digital video, audio and text services, to secure it from unauthorized use. Our scrambled programming can be received with equipment that is leased from us or through equipment purchased from retail sources; however, if you purchase the equipment from a retail source, you will need to make sure that it will be capable of using a "CableCARD" security device that is leased from us to decode our scrambled broadband signal.
- CHANNEL POSITIONS OF BROADCAST PROGRAMMING CARRIED ON OUR SYSTEM. Federal law requires us to inform you of any broadcast stations that cannot be viewed without a digital set-top box. The specific broadcast stations that we carry on our cable system are listed in the Limited Basic Service portion of our channel line-up and each can be viewed without the use of a digital set-top box if you have the correct equipment. If you want to view without a digital set-top box the standard definition and high definition digital broadcast signals that we offer, you will need to have a cable-ready digital television set with a QAM capable tuner or such other device that can receive such unscrambled digital broadcast signals.
- PARENTAL LOCKS AND VIDEO/SOUND BLOCKS ON "R" RATED PREMIUM OR PAY-PER-VIEW CHANNELS. A digital set-top box provided by us offers you the ability to limit viewing of certain channels through parental control options. Such options allow you to select which channels should not be viewed in your absence, through use of a customer created code, which can be enabled or disabled at your discretion. Please consult your digital set-top box manual or contact one of our Customer Sales and Service Representatives for additional details and assistance.
- PREVIEWS. During the course of the year, we may offer a "Free Preview" of a premium channel. We will notify you 30 days before such a Preview of the programming content of the Preview. If you do not want the free previews or find any of the programming personally offensive, you may call us and we will block out the Free Preview channel or offer you a "lock box" which will have the capacity of blocking out the Free Preview channel.
- BILLING AND COMPLAINT PROCEDURES. You will be billed monthly for services. We bill for our current month's service in advance and we bill for pay-per-view and video on demand services following their delivery. All charges are due upon receipt of our invoice. Our billing cycles vary by region; payment is expected by the due date identified on our monthly statements. Balances which remain unpaid 45 days after the billing date will be subject to disconnection. Reconnection fees will be charged to restore service. There is a fee charged for returned checks. You will be billed for chargeable work at our standard service rates. We will issue a credit or refund for any billing error which is brought to our attention by you within 60 days of the invoice date. If we receive partial payment of any amounts you owe, we will apply such payments first to any outstanding amount due for telephone service if you are a telephone customer and then to the oldest outstanding invoice and any remaining amounts will be applied to any other invoices in the amounts and proportions as we reasonably determine.
We urge you to call us any time you have questions or concerns about your service, equipment or any other aspect of the cable television service which we take pride in providing to you. We maintain customer service telephone numbers and addresses for each region on our website at www.MetroCast.com and specific information for your local region is included on your monthly statement.
- REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT. We may require you to pay a refundable deposit: (i) when you activate MetroCast services; (ii) when you order MetroCast equipment such as a digital set-top box; or (iii) if you fail to pay charges owed to us when due. If we collect a deposit from you, we will refund the deposit, less any amounts owed to us, to your last known address within 45 days after the date: (x) you terminate MetroCast services and return all MetroCast equipment; or (y) we disconnect the services we provide you. We will withhold from the deposit all amounts owed and unpaid for MetroCast services and for any MetroCast equipment you ordered that is damaged or that you do not return within 30 days of termination of the applicable services. Any amounts withheld by us from a deposit become the property of MetroCast and will be applied against any amounts you owe us. If applicable law requires us to handle deposits differently than described above, we will adjust our procedures accordingly.
- LATE OR NON-PAYMENTS AND COLLECTION COSTS. You may be billed fees, charges and assessments related to late payments or non-payments if for any reason (i) we do not receive from you by the payment due date any required payment for the services we provide you or (ii) you pay less than the full amount due for the services. If we are required to use a collection agency or attorney to collect money owed by you, you agree to pay the reasonable costs of collection. These costs include but are not limited to any collection agency's fees, reasonable attorneys' fees and arbitration or court costs.
MetroCast Signal Quality Complaint Procedure
We are dedicated to providing quality cable television service to our customers and to assuring that any problem that may arise is resolved to the customer's satisfaction. These customer service procedures, in addition to many other issues, are covered in informational materials provided to you at the time of installation and annually thereafter. This notice summarizes the procedures to follow to help us resolve problems you may have with the quality of the television signals that we deliver to you.
- We do everything possible to make sure the picture you receive is the best it can possibly be. If you're experiencing reception problems, there could be a quick, easy solution right in your home. Before you call us, please review the following troubleshooting checklist: (1) Make sure your TV and the digital set-top box are plugged into a live electrical outlet and are turned on. Press the 'On' button. (2) For digital set-top box use, make sure your TV is tuned to channel 3 (channel 4 for some televisions) by pressing the 'Channel' button on your remote. (3) Hand-tighten all the connections to your TV, VCR, DVR and other video equipment. (4) Switch all cable-ready TVs to "CATV." (5) If you have more than one cable outlet, check to see if the problem is occurring on all TVs connected to our cable television service. (6)Check all the channels to determine if the problem is on only one channel, on all channels, or on a group of channels. (7) Make sure the batteries in your remote are working properly. If you continue to experience a problem with picture or signal quality, you should review your TV, VCR, DVR and/or digital set-top box manual for proper adjustment. If the problem does not clear up, you should call our office and describe the problem to a Customer Sales and Service Representative (CSSR). Our business office hours and telephone numbers can be found on your monthly statement. Alternatively, if you wish to put your comments in writing, your letter should be addressed to MetroCast at the mailing address listed on your monthly statement.
- We will make all reasonable efforts to resolve any complaints you have concerning the quality of our signals promptly and efficiently. Our CSSR and Service Technician staffs are well trained and have the authority to do whatever is reasonably necessary to solve your problem or initiate the solution, including replacement of any non-operating MetroCast-provided equipment to provide quality service.
- When you call about a service problem during normal business hours, all complaints received concerning the technical quality of the cable television signals will be logged in on the day of receipt. The date, time, and nature of your complaint will be noted, as well as your name, address, and telephone number. A CSSR will attempt to determine the nature of the problem and, if possible, will help you resolve the problem over the phone. If the problem cannot be resolved during the call, the CSSR will schedule a service appointment with you, usually within 24 hours of the time you call, excluding weekends and holidays. If our workload permits, the CSSR will attempt to schedule a service appointment for same-day service. In order to correct the problem, we may need access to your premises. If access is not granted, we will ensure our service is working properly from the origination point of the service drop wire connecting your residence to our cable system network. Without access, we cannot check the service integrity of the residential in-home wires, connectors or the equipment we provided you to receive our service. If our service technician is unable to correct the problem to your satisfaction we will, at your request, schedule a second service appointment. If we remain unable to correct the problem, you will be notified of this fact and the reason why. There is currently no charge for service appointments if our equipment causes the problem.
- If you call about a service problem outside of regular business hours, an answering service may answer the call. Please leave both your home and work telephone numbers. When possible, a Service Technician will be dispatched to fix the problem. In all other cases, the answering service will forward the information to our office. We will call you back during normal business hours the next working day to resolve the matter.
- Emergencies that affect signal quality such as fallen poles, violent storms or very cold weather may interfere with the reception of your cable service. We are committed to having one of our crews promptly correct an emergency situation. We pledge immediate response at any time if a large area of the system is experiencing technical difficulties.
- If you are unable to get a problem resolved to your satisfaction, you may submit your complaint to us in writing. We will maintain complaint records for at least a two-year period. In addition, those records will be available for inspection by the local franchising authority or the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). If you are not satisfied with our handling of your complaint, you may contact the local franchising authority. The address of the responsible officer for your franchising authority is located on the back of your monthly statement.
Equipment Compatibility Notice
As part of our efforts to keep our subscribers informed, we are pleased to provide the following important information regarding how our system works with the equipment that you use to receive our cable television services, such as your TV, VCR, DVR and other video equipment.
"Cable-Ready" and "Cable-Compatible" Equipment
One of the reasons you may subscribe to MetroCast is that we offer many more channels of programming than you are able to receive off air with an antenna. Customers may have TVs or other video equipment that can tune to all of the non-scrambled channels we provide. Others may have older sets that do not tune to the upper cable channels. To ensure that you receive all the channels MetroCast offers, we can lease you a digital cable set-top box or boxes as necessary for a low monthly fee.
Even if you have a TV or other video equipment that was advertised as being "cable-ready" or "cable-compatible" when you purchased it, the equipment may not perform as you expected when connected directly to a cable television system; i.e., without a digital set-top box. This is because no standards formerly were applicable to TV manufacturers regarding the reception of cable television channels such as MetroCast provides. According to current federal regulations, however, TVs and other video equipment sold in the US cannot be called "cable ready" or "cable-compatible" unless they comply with technical requirements adopted by the FCC, including the ability to tune cable channels properly. Certain new digital televisions, recording devices, and other video equipment, known as Unidirectional Digital Cable Products ("UDCPs"), that are connected to digital cable systems may not be labeled using the terms such as "digital cable ready" unless they accept a separate "CableCARD" security device and comply with certain FCC technical requirements. CableCARDs are available from MetroCast for a low monthly fee and allow UDCPs to connect directly to digital cable systems without a digital set-top box. UDCPs, however, cannot access two-way cable services such as pay-per-view events and video-on-demand without a digital set-top box that MetroCast will provide for a monthly fee. MetroCast also offers a variety of new High Definition ("HD") services. You must have an HD compatible television or other HD compatible video equipment to view those services in High Definition format.
You also may encounter other problems or interference when your TV or other video equipment is connected directly to cable. For example, you may encounter interference from over-the-air broadcasts or an inability to receive higher cable channel numbers. These problems often are solved through the use of a digital set-top box, which is available through MetroCast for a monthly fee. The digital set-top box will "convert" the cable channels to a designated channel (usually channel 3 or 4) on your TV. The process of converting all of our channels to a designated channel means that you can only receive one channel on your TV at a time through the digital set-top box. You consequently may be unable to use certain features of your TV or other video devices without additional equipment. For instance, recording one program while watching another, recording two or more consecutive programs that appear on different channels, and the use of picture-in-picture may not be possible without additional equipment. As explained below, MetroCast can provide that equipment to you.
Availability of Additional Equipment
Some of the channels offered on our cable system also may be scrambled and viewed only if an advanced digital set-top box is used. However, as previously mentioned, the digital set-top box may limit your ability to use certain advanced features on your TV or other video equipment. Should you wish to use some of these features, please contact MetroCast regarding your equipment needs. We will be happy to discuss alternatives with you and provide a schedule of equipment charges. This equipment might include an additional digital set-top box or a set-top box with dual tuning capability, or, if you have a receiver that can tune in all our cable channels, an A-B switch that will enable you to bypass the digital set-top box and tune in all unscrambled channels with your TV or other video equipment.
If your television cannot receive UHF television broadcast signals or the standard or high definition digital signals of television broadcast stations, you may need a digital set-top box to view these stations on additional outlets you may connect, on your primary outlet or both. For a monthly fee, MetroCast will lease you digital set-top boxes as necessary to ensure that you can receive local television broadcast stations on all the cable connections in your home. You also may purchase bypass switches and additional digital set-top boxes, if available, at retail outlets. If you purchase or plan to purchase cable services that are encrypted to prevent theft, such as premium, pay-per-view, or digital services, you should make sure that any digital set-top box or other equipment you obtain from a retail outlet is capable of working with the separate "CableCARD" security device MetroCast will provide to you for a monthly fee. Upon request, we will provide you with the technical parameters necessary for any compatible video equipment acquired from a retail outlet to operate with our security devices and cable television system. Please remember, however, that receivers with descrambling capabilities and separate security devices can only be obtained from MetroCast.
If you see advertisements for digital set-top boxes with built-in descramblers (so-called "pirate boxes" or "black boxes") or for "CableCARD" security devices, please remember that these devices are illegal to sell or use unless authorized by your cable company. To protect our cable system and the quality of the services we provide you, MetroCast will not authorize the use of any "pirate boxes." People who use illegal receivers/descramblers are actually stealing cable service and will be prosecuted, as this practice unfairly results in increased prices to our honest subscribers and may damage our cable system.
MetroCast currently offers customers compatible digital set-top boxes and remote control units. MetroCast offers these digital set-top boxes for an additional monthly fee; however, the remote control units are provided at no extra charge when you lease the digital set-top boxes from us.
The remote control that may have come with your TV or other video equipment also may be capable of controlling the digital set-top boxes MetroCast provides. If so, feel free to use it. If you choose, you may buy a "universal" remote control unit from a retail store that is capable of working with our digital set-top boxes. Although features and functions of remote controls vary significantly, many universal remote control models from Sony, RCA, Radio Shack, and Universal Electronics may be programmed to operate customer equipment. A representative list of compatible remote control models currently available through local retailers include: Sony RMV402, RCA RCU600WMS, and Philips PHL PMDVR8. Although these remote control units are compatible with the digital set-top boxes that we currently offer, these remotes may not be functional if we change the type of digital set-top boxes we offer to subscribers. If you have any questions about the compatibility of your remote control unit with MetroCast's equipment, please call your local Customer Service Department; contact information can be found at www.MetroCast.com or on your monthly statement.
Notice of Rights Concerning Use of Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI)
In the course of providing service to you, MetroCast collects information concerning the telephone services you purchase and how you use them. This information is known as "customer proprietary network information" or "CPNI." CPNI includes any information on the quantity, technical configuration, type, destination, location and amount of use of your service that we obtain because we are your telephone carrier. It does not include names and telephone numbers published in telephone directories or information we obtain as a result of providing cable or Internet service. We use CPNI to monitor the quality of the service we provide and to prepare your bills. We also use CPNI to market services and equipment to you and other customers, including telephone service and Internet access as well as to notify you when services may be out for maintenance or when there may be changes made to those services. We share CPNI with companies that provide billing and other services that we use to offer telephone service, and with companies that are affiliated with us. When we share CPNI with unaffiliated companies, we require them to enter into agreements to protect the confidentiality of the information.
You have a right, and we have a duty, under federal law to protect the confidentiality of CPNI. We have the right under federal law to use your CPNI to provide telephone service, to bill you, to market services related to services you already buy from us, to protect our facilities and property and in response to lawful demands from law enforcement agencies. You have the right to disapprove of our use of CPNI for marketing services other than those that are related to services you already buy from us and to withdraw access to CPNI at any time. Withdrawing access to CPNI will not affect our ability to provide telephone service to you, or the quality of the service we provide. However, if you do withdraw access to CPNI, it may be more difficult for us to help you if you want to purchase the most cost-effective service package. Allowing us to use your CPNI may enhance our ability to offer products and services tailored to your needs.
If you want to allow us to use your CPNI, you do not have to do anything. If you do not wish to allow us to use your CPNI for marketing services other than those that are related to services we already provide to you, you can notify us at any time in writing at the following address: Attn: CPNI Opt Out, MetroCast Communications, 9 Apple Road, Belmont, NH 03220 or by notifying us over the Internet at billing@MetroCast.com.
The request must state that you want to deny access to CPNI, include your account number, list all of the telephone numbers that you wish to cover with the request and be signed by someone who is an authorized party for your account. In accordance with the FCC's rules, if you do not make a request to limit or disallow use of your CPNI within 30 days of this notice, we will assume that you wish to allow us to use your CPNI until you tell us otherwise. Whatever decision you make is binding on us for the use of CPNI outside of the services to which you already subscribe until you affirmatively revoke or limit your approval or denial.
"ADULT AT HOME" POLICYOur company's policy is that our installers and technicians will not enter your home to perform work if a responsible adult is not present. We recognize that this may cause inconveniences for some of our customers, but we feel strongly that this policy is essential to protect both you and our employees.
A WORD ABOUT CABLE THEFTFederal law contains both civil and criminal penalties for the unauthorized use or theft of cable services and for manufacturers, suppliers and users of unauthorized devices that facilitate the theft or unauthorized use of cable services. This federal theft-of-service law supplements any existing state or local laws, and provides a remedy against any person who, without authorization, intercepts or receives any communication service which is provided over a cable system. This would include the theft of audio, video, textual data or other service, including data transmitted to or from a customer over a system that has interactive capability.
Cable theft increases our costs in delivering quality service to our customers. We prohibit tampering with our equipment or the use of any equipment to receive unauthorized broadband or other communications services. We will take action to deter theft of service, including service termination, restitution, civil actions for legal damages and, in some cases, criminal prosecution.