Network Neutrality Disclosure
Network Neutrality Disclosure
NEWWAVE COMMUNICATIONS BROADBAND INTERNET SERVICE DISCLOSURES
Consistent with FCC regulations,¹ NewWave Communications provides this information about our broadband Internet access services. We call these services our “High Speed Internet Service.” We welcome questions or comments about this information. You may contact us at:
One Montgomery Plaza
4th Floor Sikeston, Mo 63801
General description. We provide a variety of High Speed Internet Service offerings to our residential and business customers. We provide the service over our broadband network and through third party fiber optic lines connecting to the Internet. We also contract with one or more companies for certain network monitoring and management services. We monitor our network and traffic patterns and make changes we deem necessary to manage and improve overall network performance. We use reasonable, nondiscriminatory, network management practices to improve overall network performance to ensure a high-quality online experience for all users. Our network management practices do not target any specific content, application, service, or device. As network management issues arise and as technology develops, we may employ additional or new network management practices. We will update these disclosures as necessary.
Related documents and disclosures. Use of our High Speed Internet Service is also governed by:
- Broadband Service Agreement, available at https://newwavecom.com/agreements-policies.
- High Speed Internet Service summary, available at https://newwavecom.com/internet/.
- Acceptable Use Policy, available at https://newwavecom.com/agreements-policies.
Congestion management. We describe in this section network management practices used to address congestion on our network.
Congestion management practices used.
Network monitoring: We monitor our network for utilization trends. We receive regular reports showing changes in network traffic and congestion. We use this information to plan increases in bandwidth available, port additions, or additional connectivity to the Internet.
Purposes of congestion management practices. Our High Speed Internet network is a shared network. This means that our customers share upstream and downstream bandwidth. The goal of our congestion management practices is to enable better network availability and speeds for all users. Our congestion management practices serve to:
- Help us adapt and upgrade our network to maintain or improve network performance as demand for our High Speed Internet Service increases.
- Help us adapt and upgrade our network to maintain or improve network performance as demand for higher bandwidth applications increases. Some examples of higher bandwidth applications are gaming, streaming movies, and streaming high definition video.
- Help us maximize network availability for all users to experience speeds associated with, or closely associated with, the level of service purchased.
- Help us identify bandwidth abusers using substantially disproportionate amounts of bandwidth.
Congestion management criteria.
Network monitoring: Our network monitoring provides data to help us plan upgrades to our network, equipment, technology, and connectivity to the Internet. As demand for our HSD Service increases, and as demand for higher bandwidth applications increases, we monitor effects on network performance and plan upgrades as we deem necessary. We have not established specific criteria to govern our upgrade decisions.
Types of traffic affected: Our congestion management practices do not target any specific content, application, service, or device.
Effects on end user experience: Because our High Speed Internet network is a shared network, periods of high network demand may result in Internet traffic congestion. Our congestion management techniques impact all users equally, by slowing down Internet connection speeds during peak periods if congestion occurs. End users may experience reduced bandwidth or speed during these times.
Typical frequency of congestion: Congestion tends to occur during periods of peak demand for higher bandwidth applications. Generally, the frequency of congestion tends to increase during 7 pm – 2 am.
This section discloses any application-specific practices we use, if any.
Commercial applications by residential users. We restrict residential accounts from using our High Speed Internet Service as the basis for a business enterprise. We offer commercial-grade High Speed Internet Service for that purpose.
Management of specific protocols or protocol ports. To protect the security of our network and our customers, we block known hostile ports. In addition, all ports and protocols are subject to our management practices. Specifically, we manage ports and protocols associated with high bandwidth usage during periods of peak congestion on our network to ensure equitable distribution of bandwidth to our customers.
Modification of protocol fields. None.
Applications or classes of applications inhibited or favored. None.
Device Attachment Rules.
This section addresses any limitations on attaching lawful devices to our network.
General restrictions on types of devices to connect to network. We place no general restrictions on lawful devices that a customer may connect our network, so long as the device is: (i) compatible with our network; and (ii) does not harm our network or other users. Our High Speed Internet Service works with most types of PCs and laptops including Macs. If a wireless router is connected to our High Speed Internet Service, wireless Internet compatible devices including computers, tablets, smartphones and other devices can connect to our network. If a customer or potential customer believes they have an unusual configuration, our customer service department will help determine if there is a compatibility problem.
Cable Modems. Our High Speed Internet Service requires connection of a cable modem to our network. You can obtain a cable modem from us or you may purchase one from most retail electronics sellers. Only devices that have been fully certified by CableLabs as compliant with the DOCSIS 2.0 or DOCSIS 3.0 specifications may be used.
Network and End User Security
This section provides a general description of the practices we use to maintain security of our network.
Practices used to ensure end user security, including triggering conditions.
Hostile port blocking: We block known hostile ports to prevent unwanted files, browser hacking and virus attacks.
Virus and Spam filtering: We filter email and website traffic for virus activity and Spam using industry standard virus scanning and prevention techniques. Should an e-mail message be found to contain a virus or other harmful content, the message will be deleted without notification given to either the sender or the intended recipient(s).
Practices used to ensure security of the network, including triggering conditions.
NewWave uses a variety of industry standard practices to protect our network from harmful attacks.
Hostile port blocking: We block known hostile ports to prevent unwanted files, browser hacking and virus attacks.
Virus and Spam filtering: We offer email and personal web site hosting. We filter email and website traffic for virus activity and Spam using industry standard virus scanning and prevention techniques.
General Service Description. Our High Speed Internet Service includes wiring, a cable modem and a network interface card (NIC) for the personal computer, if required. Through our High Speed Internet Service, we serve as a local Internet service provider. Our High Speed Internet Service enables users to access all lawful content, applications, and services of their choice available on the Internet.
Service technology. We deliver our High Speed Internet Service over our hybrid fiber-coaxial network using the Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS). Customers access our network 4 using cable modems. To connect from our network to the Internet, we use equipment called a Cable Modem Termination System (CMTS) that acts as a gateway to the Internet for our customers’ cable modems. This is a shared network, which means that our customers share upstream and downstream bandwidth.
Expected and actual speeds and latency:
Expected performance. We offer customers a variety High Speed Internet Service service levels. We provide a description of the expected maximum transfer speeds associated with each service level in our High Speed Internet Service Overview, which can be found at https://newwavecom.com/internet/.
Speed. The speeds we identify for each High Speed Internet Service service level are the maximum upload and download speeds that customers are likely to experience. We provision our customers’ modems and engineer our network to deliver the speeds to which our customers subscribe. However, we do not guarantee that a customer will actually achieve those speeds at all times. A variety of factors can affect upload and download speeds, including customer equipment, network equipment, congestion in our network, congestion beyond our network, performance issues with an Internet application, content, or service, and more.
Latency. Latency is another measurement of Internet performance. Latency is the time delay in transmitting or receiving packets on a network. Latency is primarily a function of the distance between two points of transmission, but also can be affected by the quality of the network or networks used in transmission. Latency is typically measured in milliseconds, and generally has no significant impact on typical everyday Internet usage. As latency varies based on any number of factors, most importantly the distance between a customer’s computer and the ultimate Internet destination (as well as the number and variety of networks your packets cross), it is not possible to provide customers with a single figure that will define latency as part of a user experience.
Actual speed and latency performance. Actual speed and latency may vary depending upon network conditions and other factors. Actual performance of our High Speed Internet Service in most cases will conform to national wireline broadband Internet speed and latency levels reported by the FCC.2 The FCC has reported that customers of coaxial cable-based broadband Internet services receive mean download speeds that are within 99% of advertised speeds during peak hours.3 In addition, the FCC has reported that these same customers experience average latency4 delays of 26 milliseconds, increasing by an average of 28 milliseconds during peak hours. 2 See FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology and Consumer Affairs Bureau, 2012 Measuring Broadband America July Report, A Report on Consumer Wireline Broadband Performance in the U.S., pp. 11-12 (July 2012) (available at: http://transition.fcc.gov/cgb/measuringbroadbandreport/2012/Measuring-Broadband-America.pdf ). 3 The FCC has defined peak hours measured during “busy hour” as weeknights between 7:00 pm and 11:00 pm local time. 4 The FCC has defined latency is the total length of time it takes a signal to travel from an origination point to the nearest server, plus the time for an acknowledgement of receipt to travel back to the origination point. The nearest server is the server providing the minimum round trip time. 5
Suitability of the Service for Real-time Applications. Our High Speed Internet Service is suitable for typical real-time applications including messaging, voice applications, video chat applications, gaming, and Internet video. If users or developers have questions about particular real-time applications, please contact us through the contact information on page 1.
Specialized services offered to end users. We offer several specialized services over our network, sharing network capacity with other high speed Internet services. Specialized services include Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and dedicated bandwidth to high volume business users.
Effects of specialized services on availability and performance of broadband Internet access service. Our specialized services have no effect on the availability and performance of our High Speed Internet Service.
Prices. Monthly prices for our High Speed Internet Service are available on our website at: https://newwavecom.com/internet/.
Usage-based fees. None.
Fees for early termination. None.
Consumption caps. We limit the total volume of data (aggregate for both sending and receiving) a customer may transfer in a billing month. These limits are called “data transfer allowances.” The data transfer allowances vary by service tier package, with the limits increasing as the download speed of the service tier package increases. Information about the available service tier packages, including data transfer allowances associated with each, can be found at www.newwavecom.com/internet. The purpose of these limits is to prevent any one customer from consuming excessive amounts of network resources over the course of a month. The monthly usage cap does not address the issue of network congestion, described above, which results from traffic levels that vary from minute to minute. We will contact customers that exceed their subscribed data transfer allowance and will work with the customer to diagnose the cause of the overage. When a customer exceeds the data transfer allowance for two consecutive months, we reserve the right to upgrade the customer to the service tier package that has the lowest data transfer allowance that exceeds the customer’s actual data transfer usage.
Select Internet Offers May Have Different Data Plans.
100 Mbps X 3 Mbps (Starter Plan) = 300GB Data Plan. Names, speeds, and data plans are subject to change
100 Mbps x 3 Mbps Data Policy. Customers who exceed their data plan 3 or more times in a rolling 12 month period may be required to upgrade to an Internet speed/plan that contains a larger data plan more suitable for their usage. The plan will be determined on the average of the months which customer usage exceeded their data plan and a customer must remain at the new plan for a minimum of 3 months.
What is Excessive Use? Excessive use means bandwidth or data usage that is significantly higher than typical usage for which our network is designed. Excessive Users consume so much data that their usage could negatively impact the High-Speed Internet Service provided to other customers. In order to ensure an optimized Internet experience for all customers, data plans may be assigned to Internet services.
Fees for additional network services. None.
Privacy Policies. We do not disclose our High Speed Internet Service customer data or usage information to third parties except: (i) as necessary to provide our HSD Service and to manage our network; (ii) in response to law enforcement requests, court order, or as otherwise required or authorized by law; and (iii) as necessary to protect our rights, property, and operations, and those of any affiliated providers.
Inspection of network traffic. We routinely monitor network and traffic patterns.
Virus and Spam filtering: We filter email and website traffic for virus activity and Spam using industry standard virus scanning and prevention techniques. Should an e-mail message be found 6 to contain a virus or other harmful content, the message will be deleted without notification given to either the sender or the intended recipient(s).
Storage of network traffic information: DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) information is a code included in all network traffic that associates that traffic with a particular cable modem sending or receiving the traffic. We store DHCP information for at least 12 months.
Provision of network traffic information to third parties: We do not disclose our High Speed Internet Service customer or use information to third parties except: (i) as necessary to provide our High Speed Internet Service and to manage our network; (ii) in response to law enforcement requests, court order, or as otherwise required or authorized by law; and (iii) as necessary to protect our rights, property, and operations, and those of any affiliated providers.
Use of network traffic information for non-network management purposes: None.
Practices for resolving end-user and edge provider complaints and questions: End users or edge providers with complaints or questions relating to these disclosures should contact us through the contract information on page 1.
Questions: We will endeavor to answer questions promptly via email or voice.
Complaints: We will provide an initial response in writing within 15 business days of receipt. We will attempt to resolve complaints informally, escalating the matter to senior management if needed.
¹47 CFR 8.3 and In re: Preserving the Open Internet, Broadband Industry Practices, Report and Order, 22 FCC Rcd 17905 (2010).
² See FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology and Consumer Affairs Bureau, 2012 Measuring Broadband America July Report, A Report on Consumer Wireline Broadband Performance in the U.S., pp. 11-12 (July 2012) (available at: http://transition.fcc.gov/cgb/measuringbroadbandreport/2012/Measuring-Broadband-America.pdf ).
³The FCC has defined peak hours measured during “busy hour” as weeknights between 7:00 pm and 11:00 pm local time.
4The FCC has defined latency is the total length of time it takes a signal to travel from an origination point to the nearest server, plus the time for an acknowledgement of receipt to travel back to the origination point. The nearest server is the server providing the minimum round trip time.