Long Distance Terms

IMPORTANT CUSTOMER NOTICE:

YOUR PLACEMENT OF AN INTERSTATE OR INTERNATIONAL TOLL CALL OVER THE 3 RIVERS LONG DISTANCE NETWORK CONSTITUTES YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS

3 RIVERS LONG DISTANCE TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR USE AND ENJOYMENT OF INTERSTATE AND INTERNATIONAL TOLL SERVICES

I. The Service that We Provide to Our Customers

a. The Company is a common carrier and provides access to facilities, services and equipment over which our Customers may transmit voice, data and other communications of their own choosing to interstate and international destinations.

b. The Company provides service on a 7 days per week, 24 hours per day basis to all destinations in the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii), and to those international destinations listed in the international rate sheets maintained at the Company’s office and on its website (see below).

c. The Company primarily resells to its Customers the interstate and international toll services of larger, facilities-based carriers.  The Company endeavors to purchase these services at volume discounts, and to resell them to its Customers at lower rates than they would pay if they purchased service directly from the other carriers.  However, resale also means that the Company has no control over outages and other service disruptions on the networks of the other carriers (see limitations of liability below).

d. The Company has customer service representatives available 8:00 am to 5:00 pm MST, Monday through Friday, to assist its Customers with any questions or problems regarding its interstate or international toll services.  A Company representative can be reached during these hours by dialing  (406) 467-2535 or (800) 796-4567.

II. Charges, Bills and Payment for Service

a. Service is provided and billed on a monthly basis, and will continue to be provided and billed until canceled by the Customer or terminated by the Company.

b. The rates and charges for the Company’s interstate and international toll services can be inspected during regular business hours at the Company’s office at 212 5th Street South, Fairfield, Montana.  Please visit the 3 Rivers Communications office on the first floor of the two-story building.

c. The rates and charges for the Company’s interstate and international toll services can also be inspected on its website at www.3riverscommunications/longdist/longdist_rates.shtml.

d. The Company bills for its interstate and international toll services on a usage basis in one-minute periods, and rounds up any fractional period. 

e. The Company will pass through to its Customers all applicable federal, state and local taxes or surcharges (including sales, use excise, gross earnings, and gross income taxes), as well as surcharges to recover the Company’s contributions to applicable federal or state funds (including funds for universal service, telecommunications relay service, local number portability, and telephone number administration).

f. Payment for all bills rendered by the Company for its interstate and international toll service is due upon Customer receipt of the bill.  If payment is not received by the Company within 30 days after rendition of a bill, the Company reserves the right to apply a late charge of 1.5% per month to all amounts past due. 

g. No late charge will be assessed upon properly disputed charges (see dispute procedures below).

h. The Company may require a Customer to make a deposit prior to or at any time after provision of service, not to exceed $100.00.  Upon termination of service, the deposit will be credited to the Customer’s account and any credit balance will be refunded after all amounts due the Company have been paid.
                 
III. Obligations of Customer

a. The Customer is responsible for the timely payment of all billed charges for services or facilities provided by the Company to the Customer, and for the payment of the Company’s reasonable attorney’s fees and court costs if the Company is forced to retain an attorney to collect any of its billed charges from the Customer.

b. The Customer will not use the Company’s services in a manner that interferes unreasonably with the use of the services by one