Introduction

Welcome to the Networking Exchange Blog operated by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. (“AT&T”, “we”, “our” and “us”). AT&T provides this Blog as a courtesy to its users and customers, to help them exchange ideas, tips, information, and techniques related to our products and services. The Blog is here for the benefit of all visitors. These usage guidelines (“Guidelines”) apply to your use of all AT&T community spaces made available on att.com (the “Networking Exchange Blog”). The term “you” or “your” includes any of your subsidiaries, affiliates, employees and parent or legal guardian. Like any online community, the Networking Exchange Blog is most valuable when everyone obeys certain basic guidelines and rules for online behavior. These Guidelines are presented here to highlight what is expected of you and what you can expect from other participants when using the Networking Exchange Blog. Your usage is also subject to the AT&T Website Terms of Use (“Terms of Use”), which provides the terms that govern your use of the att.com website. The Terms of Use can be found at http://www.wireless.att.com/legal. By accessing, registering and using the Networking Exchange Blog you agree to follow these Guidelines and the Terms of Use. These Guidelines and the Terms of Use collectively form the “Agreement”. In case of discrepancy between these Guidelines and the Terms of Use, the Terms of Use will control.

 

Account Registration

To comment on stories, access gated content or subscribe to receive blog updates via email within the Networking Exchange Blog you will be required to register and create a member account (“Account”). To become a member, you must be 18 years of age or older. By using the Networking Exchange Blog you are representing that you are 18 years or over and of legal competence to enter into a binding agreement with AT&T and are not otherwise prohibited from using the Networking Exchange Blog pursuant to the laws of the local or national jurisdiction from which you are accessing or using the Site. Information gathered through the registration process and information related to your account will be subject to these Guidelines as well as AT&T’s Privacy Policy. You represent and warrant that you will not create an Account for anyone other than yourself without permission, that all information provided by you when creating an Account is true, accurate and complete, and that you will maintain, at all times, true, accurate and complete information related to your Account. Information related to your Account should be maintained by you in a confidential manner. It is your responsibility to advise us if you are aware of any unauthorized access to your Account or if your Account information has been made available by you to third-parties in a manner that may result in unauthorized usage of the Account.

 

We are Here to Help

If you are new to the Networking Exchange Blog and are unsure about anything, the moderators, administrators and other participants are always happy to help. The Networking Exchange Blog is monitored by our “Community Manager” (who may also be referred to on the site as “Social Media Manager”), who is identified by the role displayed next to the user’s name. Please be respectful and follow the direction given by any of them.

 

Keep it Relevant and Appropriate

For everyone’s benefit please stay on topic. The Networking Exchange Blog is provided to encourage knowledge-sharing and thought leadership around products and services that are relevant to AT&T ABS. Please refrain from discussing personal matters or, in general, from posting content in a manner unrelated to Thought Leadership around products and services that are relevant to AT&T ABS. Other inappropriate or unacceptable behavior includes: a) discussing how to violate any policy or agreement entered into with AT&T for any product or service, b) posting content which is created solely to “bump” an existing topic or to evade the word filter or site logic; c) double-posting or cross-posting; and d) discussing participant bans or other Community Manager actions. The Networking Exchange Blog is not a venue for discussion of legal matters. Therefore, no such discussions are permitted. We reserve the right to delete inappropriate material.

 

Keep it Courteous

Do your part to ensure everyone has a positive experience when participating on the Networking Exchange Blog. Always be mindful of your posts and activity when participating. Specifically, please refrain from posting anything unlawful, libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, indecent, lewd, harassing, threatening, harmful, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, abusive, inflammatory or otherwise objectionable or injurious to third parties. Your opinions are always welcome. However, neither personal attacks nor harassment are acceptable and will not be tolerated. This includes “flaming” others via posts, replies or through private messages. Any use of the Networking Exchange Blog that in AT&T’s sole opinion does not conform with these Guidelines or the Terms of Use is unacceptable and subject to removal. In addition, AT&T reserves the right to terminate your member account under such circumstances.

 

Keep it Spam Free

The Networking Exchange Blog is provided as a convenience to AT&T customers and users and is not to be used by readers for the promotion of third party services, products, websites, or organizations. Please refrain from posting content that would constitute advertising, junk mail, spam, chain letters, or any other form of unauthorized solicitation.

 

Keep it Legal

You may not post any material (i) that would infringe on any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, or other proprietary rights of any person, (ii) that contains software viruses or any other computer code or files that are designed to disrupt, damage, or limit the functioning of any software or hardware, (iii) that is deemed to be illegal by any local, state, federal, or international law, rule or regulation, or (iv) that is not in strict compliance with these Guidelines or the Terms of Use.

 

Be Careful

Most people are happy to assist others within the Networking Exchange Blog. Please remember that their advice is theirs only and that you are responsible for deciding whether or not to follow it. If the advice given by a user sounds wrong to you, do not follow it. Use common sense when providing or receiving assistance from other Networking Exchange Blog participants. Never post personally identifiable information on the Networking Exchange Blog. This includes your personal information as well as anyone else’s personal information. Personally identifiable information includes but is not limited to – name, physical and/or email address, age, phone number or credit card information. Furthermore, if any user asks you for personal information e.g. an account number, address, password or credit card number, do not provide it. Lastly, use common sense. Evaluate for yourself whether the advice provided or the request made makes sense to you.

 

Employee Participation

Employees of AT&T or companies that do business with AT&T may only participate in the Networking Exchange Blog in a personal capacity and not as representatives of AT&T or their respective employers. Employees of AT&T are subject to the AT&T Code of Business Conduct, the AT&T’s Social Media Standards and Procedures and all other AT&T policies governing their use of internal and external web sites.

 

Removal of Content and Limitation of User Access

AT&T does not generally edit or monitor content posted by participants in the Networking Exchange Blog. However, AT&T retains the right, at its sole discretion, to limit users’ access to the Networking Exchange Blog and to remove material that, in AT&T’s sole judgment, does not comply with the current Guidelines, the Terms of Use, or that is otherwise inappropriate, considered harmful, objectionable, or inaccurate. AT&T is not responsible for any failure or delay in removing such material. Moderators may take any action they deem necessary to support the Guidelines, or the Terms of Use. The Community Manager may take any action including editing or deleting material as well as banning individual users whose behavior detracts from the experience of other users or the purpose of the Networking Exchange Blog.   If you encounter another user who is violating any of these Terms, please report this activity to the community administrator, or notify us via email at gw1441@att.com.  Please note that while AT&T has no obligation to delete content that you find personally objectionable or offensive, we will do our best to address any problems that may arise.

 

Disclaimer of Warranties and Limitation of Liability

Networking Exchange Blog participants like you provide most of the comments in the Networking Exchange Blog stories. Such third-party content is the sole responsibility of the person posting the content. AT&T does not control or endorse such content and is not responsible for this third-party content. AT&T DOES NOT WARRANT OR GUARANTEE THE ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, COMPLETENESS, USEFULNESS, NON-INFRINGEMENT ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS, OR QUALITY OF ANY CONTENT THAT APPEARS IN THE NETWORKING EXCHANGE BLOG STORY COMMENTS, REGARDLESS OF WHO ORIGINATES THAT CONTENT. YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT YOU BEAR ALL RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH USING OR RELYING ON THE CONTENT. AT&T WILL NOT BE LIABLE OR RESPONSIBLE IN ANY WAY FOR ANY CONTENT WITHIN THE NETWORKING EXCHANGE BLOG STORY COMMENTS, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN THE CONTENT, OR FOR ANY LOSSES OR DAMAGE OF ANY KIND INCURRED AS A RESULT OF THE USE OF OR RELIANCE ON ANY CONTENT. This disclaimer and limitation on liability is in addition to the disclaimers and limitations contained in the Terms of Use that apply to all use of AT&T’s Websites, and which can be found at http://www.wireless.att.com/legal. In case of discrepancy between these Guidelines and the Terms of Use, or with AT&T’s Privacy Policy, the Terms of Use and the Privacy Policy will govern.

 

Changes to these Guidelines

We may periodically modify and supplement these Guidelines. You are responsible for regularly checking the Guidelines for revisions. All amended terms become effective upon our posting, and any use of the Networking Exchange Blog after such revisions have been posted signifies your consent and agreement to the modified Guidelines.