Acceptable Use Policies

Free Speech Policy

Jefferson County Public Utility District No. 1 (“JPUD”) is committed to operating a network that values your right to open and free speech. It is the intent of this Acceptable Use Policy and the related Internet Service Subscriber Agreement to be administered and interpreted to protect your rights to open and free speech.

JPUD is also committed to the following principles regarding the delivery of internet service:

  • OPEN ACCESS: JPUD’s network and Service will be Open Access to all providers who meet the service standard requirements for operating on our network.
  • NO DATA CAPS: JPUD does not currently enforce specific limitations on the amount of Internet data utilized by its customers through data caps or usage-based billing.
  • NETWORK NEUTRALITY: JPUD honors network neutrality principles and will not block, slow, or monitor traffic to any particular websites (subject only to reasonable network management requirements).
  • DISPUTE RESOLUTION: JPUD has adopted a Customer Dispute process, at the end of this Acceptable Use Policy, to provide a review of operational decisions made pursuant to the Acceptable Use Policy and Internet Service Subscriber Agreement.

JPUD does not monitor your usage of the Internet, the web pages you visit, review your on-line correspondence or any similar activity unless the nature of that activity is unlawful or is contrary to reasonable network management requirements


JPUD seeks to provide our customers with the best Internet service possible, and we have adopted this Acceptable Use Policy (“Policy”) to help accomplish this. This Policy outlines acceptable use of JPUD Internet Services and any associated services (the “Service”), as well as examples of permissible and prohibited conduct for using the Service to access the Internet. This Policy, including its customer use restrictions, is in addition to the restrictions contained in the JPUD Internet Service Subscriber Agreement (the “Agreement”). Any use of JPUD’s Internet Services constitutes agreement to all terms in this Policy and the Agreement.

JPUD may revise this Policy from time to time by posting a new version on our web site. All revised versions of the Policy are effective immediately upon posting and after email notification to customers. JPUD customers should regularly visit our web site and review this Policy to ensure that their activities conform to the most up to date Policy.

Customer Responsibility

You are personally responsible for all use of the Service under your account. As a customer, it is your responsibility to secure your computer equipment so that it is not subject to external threats such as viruses, spam, and other methods of external intrusion. Failure to comply with these or any other JPUD policies could result in the suspension or termination of the Service. JPUD reserves the right to immediately terminate the Service and the Agreement if you engage in any unlawful activity

Prohibited Uses

You agree to use JPUD Internet Service only for lawful purposes.

The following list of prohibited uses is provided as an example only, other uses may also be found to be in violation of JPUD’s Acceptable Use Policy. You may not use, or allow others to use, the Service or JPUD equipment, either directly or indirectly, to:

  •     post, store, transmit, promote, or facilitate the distribution of any information, data or material which is libelous, obscene, unlawful, threatening, defamatory, or illegal, including but not limited to, material that would constitute or encourage copyright or trademark infringement, a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability or otherwise violate any applicable local, state, national or international law;
  •     enable persons under 18 years of age to obtain material that is prohibited by law to be sent or displayed.
  •     post, transmit, promote, or facilitate the distribution of any unsolicited advertising, including but not limited to, mass or bulk e-mail, promotional materials or other forms of solicitation to other individuals or entities;
  •     participate in the collection of email addresses or other identifiers of others without their prior consent, or participate in the use of software (including “spyware”) designed to facilitate this activity;
  •     impersonate any person or entity, engage in sender address falsification, forge anyone else’s digital or manual signature, or perform any other fraudulent activity;
  •     access any other person’s computer system, software, or data without their knowledge and consent; breach the security of JPUD or another user; or attempt to circumvent the user authentication or security of any host, network, or account. This includes, but is not limited to, accessing data not intended for you, logging into or making use of a server or account you are not expressly authorized to access, or probing the security of other host, networks, or accounts;
  •     resell the Service, or otherwise make available to anyone outside the primary residence or primary business location, the ability to use the Service;
  •     restrict, inhibit, or otherwise interfere with the ability of other persons to use or enjoy the service, including, without limitation, posting or transmitting any information or software that contains a worm, virus, or other harmful feature, or generating levels of traffic sufficient to impede others’ ability to send or retrieve information;
  •     restrict, inhibit, interfere with, or otherwise disrupt JPUD’s Service or any JPUD host, server, backbone network, node or service, or otherwise cause a performance degradation to any JPUD facilities used to deliver the Service;
  •     interfere with telecommunication or computer networking service to any user, host, or network, including, without limitation, denial of service attacks, flooding of a network, overloading a service, improper seizing and abuse of operator privileges and attempts to crash a host;
  •     violate the rules, regulations, or policies applicable to any network, server, computer database, or web site that you access.

Inappropriate Content and Transmissions

JPUD reserves the right, but does not have the obligation, to refuse to transmit or post, and to remove or block any information or materials, in whole or in part, that is offensive, indecent, or otherwise inappropriate under any local, state or federal law. Neither JPUD nor its affiliates, suppliers or agents have any obligation to monitor the Service. However, JPUD and its affiliates, suppliers or agents have the right to monitor these transmissions and postings in response to possible or alleged violations of this Policy and to disclose, block, or remove them if in violation of local, state or federal law.

Network, Bandwidth, Data Storage and Other Limitations

You must comply with all current bandwidth, data storage, and other limitations on the Service established by JPUD and its suppliers. You must ensure that activity on your account does not improperly restrict, inhibit, or degrade any other user’s use of the Service, nor represent (in the sole judgment of JPUD) an unusually large burden on the network. In addition, you must ensure that your activities do not improperly restrict, inhibit, disrupt, degrade or impede JPUD’s ability to deliver the Service and monitor the Service, backbone, network nodes, and/or other network services.

Violation of Acceptable Use Policy

Although JPUD has no obligation to monitor the Service and/or the network, in order to to protect the network, the Service and JPUD users, JPUD and its suppliers reserve the right at any time to monitor bandwidth, usage, transmissions, and content from time to time to operate the Service. If the Service is used in a way that violates this Policy, JPUD or its suppliers may take any responsive actions they deem appropriate. These actions include, but are not limited to, temporary or permanent removal of content, filtering of Internet transmissions, and the immediate suspension or termination of all or any portion of the Service. None of JPUD or its affiliates, suppliers, or agents will have any liability for any these responsive actions.

These actions are not JPUD’s exclusive remedies and JPUD may take any other legal or technical action it deems appropriate. JPUD reserves the right to investigate suspected violations of this Policy, including examination of material on JPUD’s servers and network. During an investigation, JPUD may suspend the account or accounts involved and/or remove or block material that potentially violates this Policy. You expressly authorize JPUD and its suppliers to cooperate with (i) law enforcement authorities in the investigation of suspected legal violations, and (ii) system administrators at other Internet service providers or other network or computing facilities in order to enforce this Policy. This cooperation may include JPUD providing available personally identifiable information about you to law enforcement or system administrators, including, but not limited to, username, subscriber name, and other account information. Upon termination of your account, JPUD is authorized to delete any files, programs, data and e-mail messages associated with your account, consistent with its legal obligations.

The failure of JPUD or its suppliers to enforce this Policy, for whatever reason, shall not be construed as a waiver of any right to do so at any time. You agree that if any portion of this Policy is held invalid or unenforceable, that portion will be construed consistent with applicable law as nearly as possible, and the remaining portions will remain in full force and effect.

Customer Dispute of Claimed Violation of Acceptable Use Policy

Informal Conference

A Customer who disputes a claimed violation of the Acceptable Use Policy shall have the right to an informal conference with JPUD’s Broadband Director in the District.

  1. Informal conferences shall take place during normal business hours, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
  2. The Customer may either appear in person in the District’s office or confer by telephone.
  3. JPUD’s Broadband Director shall have the authority to reach agreements with the Customer to restore the Service.

Appeal Hearings

If a Customer is not satisfied with the determination of JPUD’s Broadband Director during the informal conference, the Customer may schedule a hearing with the District Hearing Officer.

The Hearing Officer and any Deputy or Assistant Hearing Officers shall be management-level employees and shall be appointed by the Commission from employees whose other duties are not connected with the Broadband Department.

A written appeal by a Customer must be filed with the Hearing Officer within five (5) business days after the determination of the informal conference.

In response to a timely appeal, the Hearing Officer shall arrange an appeal hearing at a mutually convenient and accessible location or conduct the hearing by telephone. Such hearing must be scheduled during normal business hours – 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and within seven (7) business days of the Customer’s appeal.

If the Customer requests, a record will be made of the proceedings. The Hearing Officer may use a tape recorder or other means of preserving a record which he/she deems appropriate; the Customer may provide, at his/her own expense, a court reporter, or supplemental means of providing a record. The Customer shall have the right to counsel

The Customer shall open the hearing with a statement of the nature of the appeal and shall present whatever evidence the Customer deems relevant. The Customer shall have the reasonable right to examine the records of the District relating to his/her account. After the Customer has completed presenting his/her appeal, the appropriate District personnel shall provide the District’s position. The Customer shall have the right to rebuttal.

The Hearing Officer shall provide the Customer with a written decision setting forth (a) the nature of the Customer’s appeal; (b) the decision of the Hearing Officer; and (c) the reasons for the decision of the Hearing Officer. The written decision shall be promptly sent to the Customer by certified mail and may also be communicated by telephone.

In no event will an appeal of JPUD action taken pursuant to this Acceptable Use Policy prevent JPUD from taking any action that in its judgement protects the Service, the Customer and/or its vendors. Any claims must be filed pursuant to Washington state law.

Digital Millennium Copyright Act

JPUD is committed to complying with U.S. copyright and related laws and requires all customers and users of the Service to comply with these laws. Owners of copyrighted works who believe that their rights under U.S. copyright law have been infringed may take advantage of certain provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (the “DMCA”) to report alleged infringements. It is JPUD ‘s policy in accordance with the DMCA and other applicable laws to reserve the right to restrict the use of or terminate Services provided to any customer who is either found to infringe third party copyright or other intellectual property rights, including alleged repeat infringers, or who JPUD believes in its sole discretion is or may likely be infringing these rights. JPUD may terminate the Service of any such customer at any time with or without notice. Copyright owners may report alleged infringements of their works that are committed using the Services by sending JPUD ‘s authorized agent a notification of claimed infringement that satisfies the requirements of the DMCA. Upon JPUD’s receipt of a satisfactory notice of claimed infringement for these works, JPUD will take appropriate action. If the affected customer believes in good faith that the allegedly infringing works have been removed or blocked by mistake or misidentification, then that person may send a counter notification to JPUD. Upon JPUD’s receipt of a counter notification that satisfies the requirements of DMCA, JPUD will provide a copy of the counter notification to the person who sent the original notification of claimed infringement and will follow the DMCA’s procedures with respect to a received counter notification. In all events, you expressly agree that JPUD will not be a party to any disputes or lawsuits regarding alleged copyright infringement.

Contact: DMCA Agent
Mail JPUD No. 1
Attn: Copyright Claims
310 Four Corners Rd
Port Townsend, WA 98368


Acceptable Use Policy Approved Oct 18, 2022