TOS - North Star Hosting, LLC

Terms of Service
This terms of service is an agreement between you, the customer, (including you, and any agents or representatives authorized by you), which may heretofore be referred to as "you", "your", "customer" or "user", and North Star Hosting, LLC, which may heretofore be referred to as "we", "us", "our", " North Star Hosting ", or "". This agreement covers the services offered by North Star Hosting, LLC and used by or purchased by you. The services generally fall in the category of website server hosting, and may be referred to interchangeably as dedicated servers, dedicated hosting, server hosting, website hosting, network connectivity, internet bandwidth, internet traffic, server management, or other applicable or similar terms. Using a service from North Star Hosting, you agree and accept the Terms of Services given by the provider.
These terms of service may be changed by North Star Hosting, LLC and it’s staffing from time to time, with or without notice.

Billing Terms
Refund Policy:
North Star Hosting, LLC, does not guarantee any refunds for our products. Special exemptions can be made, but not required, if the product or service does not function correctly, or as expected, within 3 days of the service being given to the buyer. Refunds will typically be made to the same account that the original payment was made. If our payment processor does not allow us to refund the payment, refunds will either be made via PayPal or Digital Debit Cards. Customer can also opt to have a refund applied as a credit against future service charges. North Star Hosting, LLC, have the right to refusal of refund on any circumstances.
Service Period:
Unless arranged with us in advance, all services are billed on a month-to-month basis. There is no long-term commitment by customer or provider to purchase or provide services on a basis other than month-to-month.
Cancellation Notice:
Users may cancel their service at any time during the month, or schedule with us a specific time when service should be discontinued. To avoid being charged for service you do not want, be sure to cancel any automatic payments you may have set up and provide us as much notice as possible prior to cancellation. If the customer fails to cancel any automatic subscriptions for their service(s), any automatic payments received will not be refunded under any circumstances.


Invoices will be sent out approximately 7 days before the service is due to rebill. Any services not paid for by the start of the monthly billing cycle are at risk of suspension or termination. Invoices are automatically captured 3 days prior to the due date to avoid charging late fees and service suspension.
Payment Disputes:
If a billing dispute and/or chargeback, such as, but not limited to, a PayPal dispute/chargeback is raised, the billing account will be suspended until the dispute/chargeback has been resolved. This includes all services associated with the billing account. By submitting a payment, you agree to our Terms of Service.
North Star Hosting, LLC reserves the right to terminate your service(s) upon any violation of these terms, or any other basis if deemed needed and no refund, or credit will be given. Services which are suspended for non-payment will be terminated 7 days after the renewal invoice is due.
North Star Hosting, LLC prohibits reselling of any of our products or services. No profit can be made by using/distributing any of our products. Violators of this can and will face legal action. Special exceptions can be made through our reselling program, but only limited to those of that program.

Price Changes:
North Star Hosting, LLC, reserves the right to change prices for services at the start of a customer’s next billing cycle for that service. Due to the historically declining prices of bandwidth and computer hardware, we anticipate that price increases generally will not be necessary.
However, events outside of our control, such as prices charged to us for software licenses, power, space, or labor, or due to changes in regulations, taxes, fees, or other costs of doing business, are unpredictable in nature and may at some point require raising rates unexpectedly.
Prices valid for new orders only:
Our pricing regularly varies due to our stock on hand and these prices are adjusted on a regular basis as necessary to clear excess inventory or to intentionally slow sales as stock levels dictate. Because of this, any prices listed on our website, in special offers, or given as quotes to specific customers, are valid for new server orders only and may not be applied to existing orders.
Special Offers:
Special promotional pricing may be offered to specific existing or potential customers, or specific groups of potential or existing customers, from time to time, on a case-by-case basis, considering the economics of the situation and our business goals at that time. As such, offers made to specific customers, specific potential customers, or specific groups of customers or potential customers, are only valid for those customers the offer is made to, and may not be applied to existing or new orders by any other person or group.

Bandwidth Policies
Unmetered Usage:
Some services provided by North Star Hosting,LLC , include unmetered bandwidth. This means that there are no overage charges and no monthly usage limits, and the customer may use as much bandwidth as their port speed will allow, 24/7 if they want to. Unmetered bandwidth is normally expected to be available to the customer at the full port speed that they are purchasing but is not dedicated or guaranteed to always operate at that full speed possible.
Metered Usage:
Some services provided by North Star Hosting,LLC include metered bandwidth. This means that a customer will be given an allowed monthly transfer limit, along with a port speed which can exceed this monthly limit if it were to be used at its maximum speed continuously. The customer recognizes that it is their responsibility to stay within this transfer limit to avoid any overage charges. For customers who exceed their bandwidth allotment, they will be asked to upgrade to a higher plan that will accommodate their increased usage levels. Failure to stay within the specified transfer limits, combined with a refusal to upgrade to a higher service plan, may result in the server's connection speed being limited, or the service being suspended. Bandwidth is metered outbound from the server to the internet. Inbound traffic (from the internet to the server) is not counted against a customer's transfer limits.

Contact Information
North Star Hosting, LLC , may (but is not obligated to) contact the customer using any available contact information, in order to inform them when any billing, technical, or administrative issue may cause service interruption or other problems, to notify the customer of any abuse complaints or legal actions that need resolution, or to notify of important service changes, such as changes to the terms of service. For this reason, we require that the customer maintain a working phone number and email address on file with North Star Hosting, LLC, and that the customer make sure that their spam filters do not block emails from North Star Hosting, LLC . North Star Hosting, will not share this contact information with outside parties, except as required by law, as required to provide the agreed upon services, or at the request of the customer. North Star Hosting, may share contact information with licensed debt collection agencies, to aid in the collection of any debt owed to North Star Hosting, .

Data Request Policies
North Star Hosting, LLC, is a strong advocate for privacy. We cannot and will not share customer or account information without our customer’s express consent except under limited circumstances when required by law or legal process properly served to North Star Hosting, . If you are seeking such information, here is what you need to know: You may submit a valid subpoena, court order, search warrant or preservation request to the following:

Email: // 

Please address all correspondence with attention to Emilio Alvarez, Owner. Please include the following information in all data requests:
First and last name of the customer and email address associated with the account.
VPS IP address associated with the account.
North Star Hosting, may not be able to respond to a request without the above information.

North Star Hosting, may seek reimbursement for costs in responding to requests as provided by law and may charge additional fees for costs in responding to unusual or burdensome requests.

Content Policies
Content Monitoring:
The content and type of usage of the service is not regularly monitored for violation of these terms or of applicable law. While performing other duties related to operating Northstar Hosting, , we may become aware of activities that are in violation of this agreement or applicable law. Upon noticing or being informed of these violations, we may take appropriate action, which, depending on the nature of the infraction, may include a warning, temporary or permanent service suspension, or, in cases of exploitation of children or other serious crimes, notification to the proper authorities. Even if we become aware of a specific violation, this does not obligate us to regularly monitor for future violations by the same customer or any other customer, as we do not have the resources nor the authority to regularly monitor customers in this way. We may, however, monitor the quantity of resources used, such as bandwidth, ram, CPU time, disk space, disk i/o and other statistical information, to ensure proper billing, capacity planning, and service reliability. If a customer is using Northstar Hosting, as their service for game hosting, the illegal distribution and possession of paid and/or private assets is not allowed and will result in immediate termination of services without refund.

Data Backups:
The client is liable to make his or hers VPS Server backups and to store them on their personal computer. North Star Hosting, does not provide any backup services. Should any data loss occur, it is the responsibility of the customer to ensure they have a recent backup of their data to restore, and safeguard.
Operating Systems:
The client is free to use any Operating System they choose. This includes Linux and Windows. If the client requests to use Windows Server, he/she can use an evaluation license to try it for their intended use. Afterwards, the client must purchase a license for their edition of Windows Server. We may provide a license if our stock allows. No guarantee on a license is provided.
Adult content:
All legal adult content is prohibited, no exceptions will be made.
Bit Torrent:
Usage of BitTorrent is prohibited, including running trackers, clients, or websites for noncopyrighted-infringing material. Laws regarding copyright infringement will apply, according to applicable US law. Frequent or unresolved DMCA complaints regarding BitTorrent usage may be grounds for service suspension.
Because IRC usage attracts a disproportional amount of denial of service attacks, the North Star Hosting, network does not allow usage of IRC clients, servers, bots, or other IRC technology. Customers who are found to be running IRC servers, clients, or bots, may have their service suspended, temporarily or permanently, at the discretion of North Star Hosting, . Customers who knowingly run IRC servers, clients, or bots, which are targeted by DoS attacks, may have their service permanently suspended without refund, at the sole discretion of North Star Hosting, LLC .
Proxies which are not the cause of frequent or unresolved abuse issues is prohibited. Customers who operate proxies which are subject to repeated and disproportionate levels of abuse may have their service suspended. North Star Hosting, LLC will not "rotate" or otherwise frequently change IP addresses on request for proxy operators.
TOR Relays:
We do not allow the use of our network to operate ToR relays.
Bot Nets:
The usage of botnets on our networks are strictly prohibited. Customers that are found using their server for this purpose will be banned/blacklisted and will have their service terminated immediately with no prior warnings.
Email Spam:
Sending out mass spam emails is prohibited on our services. Customers that are found using their server for this purpose will be banned/blacklisted and will have their service terminated immediately with no prior warnings.

Abuse Policies
Account Usage:
Accounts, passwords, and other private information are provided for customer's use only. The customer is responsible for any use of their services or accounts and is therefore responsible for maintaining the security of their accounts and passwords. North Star Hosting, will only ask for a user's password in response to a support ticket submitted via our secured ticketing system. At no other time should you give your username or password to anybody.
Denial of Service Attacks:
In no case may North Star Hosting, ’s services be used to conduct an attack on other networks or hosts, in any capacity. Doing so may result in permanent service suspension without refund. If DoS attacks are made against a customer's services, our first priority is to take steps to mitigate the impact to other customers, which may include null routing the affected IP address(es), or otherwise suspending the service being attacked. In the case that an attack does not affect other customers or the network, the service being attacked will normally not be taken offline or suspended. Customers who are the target of frequent or repeated denial of service attacks, if those attacks negatively impact the North Star Hosting, network or its customers, may have the services affected by these attacks permanently suspended.
Sending of bulk unsolicited commercial email (spam), is not allowed and will not be tolerated. Customers using the North Star Hosting, network may not send, or allow to be sent, via open relay or other means, unsolicited commercial email. Running a legitimate opt-in mailing list, or emailing existing customers, is of course, allowed. Although we may provide some opportunity to rectify spam problems that are not intentional on the part of the customer, ultimately, every customer is responsible for the activity that occurs via the services that they are paying for.
Thus, customers who receive an occasional spam complaint but who do not appear to be knowingly sending spam, may be given notice to correct the issue, but repeated offenses may be grounds for service suspension. During any notice period given (if any), steps may be taken by North Star Hosting, as necessary to stop spam from being sent by the customer's services, including suspending service, firewalling certain traffic, or other appropriate means. Customers who are, as determined by North Star Hosting, , knowingly sending spam may have their service permanently suspended without refund. Operating websites or services on the North Star Hosting, network, that are being or have been advertised in spam, are also not allowed, and are subject to the same policies as applied to services used to send spam. If customer's improper actions or inactions are the cause of North Star Hosting, IP space being listed in any spam blacklist or database, that customer may be permanently suspended without refund, at the sole discretion of North Star Hosting, .
Running websites that attempt to steal a user's login information or other personal data (phishing sites) is strictly prohibited. Users who unknowingly host these sites must take them down immediately, and their service may be temporarily suspended until action is taken to rectify the situation. Users who repeatedly host phishing sites, risk having their service permanently suspended. Users who, as determined by North Star Hosting, , intentionally host phishing sites using North Star Hosting, services may have their service permanently suspended without refund, at our sole discretion.
Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA):
In accordance with the requirements under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), services receiving what constitutes, North Star Hosting, sole determination, disproportionately large numbers of valid DMCA complaints, which lead North Star Hosting, to believe the customer is responsible for willful repeat infringement, may lead to service suspension or termination. North Star Hosting, may, but is not obligated to, provide the customer with a warning indicating that corrective action is needed to avoid service disruption due to repeat infringement.
Legal Use:
North Star Hosting, networks and servers may only be used for legally permissible purposes under applicable law. Violations of this rule may lead to temporary or permanent suspension of service, with or without refund, and / or notification of appropriate law enforcement, at North Star Hosting, sole discretion. Uses that are not allowed include, but are not limited to:
Illegally defaming or slandering another person or group
Violating applicable copyright law
Distributing child pornography
Transmitting threatening messages
Violating applicable trademark or patent law
Using the service to commit denial of service attacks.
Attempting to hack into or otherwise attempt to disrupt any network or system not belonging to you.
Committing any action which incurs legal liability for North Star Hosting,
Acting in any other way not consistent with applicable law

Technical Support and Server Management
North Star Hosting, offers Dedicated Servers on an unmanaged basis. Customers who receive an unmanaged service are given full root access to their server but are not on their own if they run into problems like they would be with a fully unmanaged service. North Star Hosting, is happy to assist in solving problems related to performance issues, initial server setup and optimization, security hardening, network and OS installation, configuration, and troubleshooting, installing Apache, MySQL, PHP, nginx, cPanel, and similar common, foundation level web server software. North Star Hosting, may, at its discretion, offer support for third party applications and scripts, but is under no obligation to do so. Any work done for the tasks listed previously in this paragraph is done on a best-effort basis. Customers with an unmanaged service will generally be given assistance in troubleshooting networking or hardware level issues, and other problems that affect the customer's ability to access the services they are paying for in the manner that they are expected to be available.
This includes troubleshooting networking issues, troubleshooting SSH, VNC, IPMI, remote desktop, or other remote access software, rebooting or repairing server hardware, and reinstalling or repairing the operating system installation. At North Star Hosting, sole discretion, we may provide additional assistance to unmanaged customers on a best effort basis but are under no obligation to do so.

Legal Definitions and Terms
Limitation of Liability; Waiver and Release:
The services offered by North Star Hosting, are being provided on an "AS IS" basis and North Star Hosting, expressly disclaims all warranties, whether express or implied, including without limitation any implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, to the fullest extent permitted or authorized by law. In no event shall North Star Hosting, be liable for any or all direct, indirect, incidental, special, exemplary or consequential damages (including, but not limited to, procurement of substitute goods or services; loss of use, data, or profits; or business interruption) however caused and on any theory of liability, whether in contract, strict liability, or tort (including, but not limited to, negligence or otherwise) arising in any way out of the use of the services, even if North Star Hosting, is aware of or has been advised of the possibility of such damages. Without limitation of the foregoing, in any case, the maximum liability that can be incurred by North Star Hosting, is equal to the amount charged for services during the time of usage claimed for damages.
Accordingly, You for Yourself and all of Your heirs, personal representatives, predecessors, successors and assigns, hereby fully release, remise, and forever discharge North Star Hosting, and all affiliates of North Star Hosting, , and all officers, agents, employees, and representatives of North Star Hosting, , and all of their heirs, personal representatives, predecessors, successors and assigns, for, from and against any and all claims, liens, demands, causes of action, controversies, offsets, obligations, losses, damages and liabilities of every kind and character whatsoever, including, but not limited to, any action omission, misrepresentation or other basis of liability founded either in tort or contract and the duties arising thereunder, whether known or unknown, relating to or arising out of, or in any way connected with or resulting from, the products and services and Your acquisition and use thereof, including, but not limited to, the provision of the North Star Hosting, products and/or services by North Star Hosting, and its agents and employees. Further, You agree to defend, indemnify and hold North Star Hosting, harmless from any loss, liability, damages or expense, including reasonable attorneys' fees, arising out of any breach of any representation or warranty provided herein, any negligence or willful misconduct by You, or any allegation that Your account infringes a third person's copyright, trademark or proprietary or intellectual property right, or misappropriates a third person's trade secrets. This indemnification is in addition to any indemnification required of You elsewhere. Should North Star Hosting, be notified of a pending lawsuit, or receive notice of the filing of a lawsuit, North Star Hosting, may seek a written confirmation from You concerning Your obligation to defend, and indemnify North Star Hosting, . Your failure to provide such a confirmation may be considered a breach of this agreement. You agree that North Star Hosting, shall have the right to participate in the defense of any such claim through counsel of its own choosing. You agree to notify North Star Hosting, of any such claim promptly in writing and to allow North Star Hosting, to control the proceedings. You agree to cooperate fully with North Star Hosting, during such proceedings.
You agree that any notices required to be given under this Agreement by us to you will be deemed to have been given if delivered in accordance with the account information you have provided us when you signed up for the service, including your email address or phone number, at our discretion.
No Agency Relationship:
Nothing contained in this Agreement shall be construed as creating any agency, partnership, or other form of joint enterprise between the parties hereto. Each party shall ensure that the foregoing persons shall not represent to the contrary, either expressly, implicitly, by appearance or otherwise.
The failure of us to require your performance of any provision hereof shall not affect the full right to require such performance at any time thereafter; nor shall the waiver by us of a breach of any provision hereof be taken or held to be a waiver of the provision itself.
If any provision of this Agreement shall be unenforceable or invalid under any applicable law or be so held by applicable court decision, such unenforceability or invalidity shall not render this Agreement unenforceable or invalid. We will amend or replace such provision with one that is valid and enforceable, and which achieves, to the extent possible, our original objectives and intent as reflected in the original provision.
Force Majeure:
Neither party shall be deemed in default hereunder, nor shall it hold the other party responsible for, any cessation, interruption or delay in the performance of its obligations hereunder due to causes beyond its control including, but not limited to: earthquake; flood; fire; storm; natural disaster; act of God; war; terrorism; armed conflict; labor strike; lockout; boycott; supplier failures, shortages, breaches, or delays; or any law, order regulation, direction, action or request of the government, including any federal, state and local governments having or claiming jurisdiction over North Star Hosting, , or of any department, agency, commission, bureau, corporation or other instrumentality of any federal, state, or local government, or of any civil or military authority; or any other cause or circumstance, whether of a similar or dissimilar nature to the foregoing, beyond the reasonable control of the affected party, provided that the party relying upon this section (i) shall have given the other party written notice thereof promptly and, in any event, within five (5) days of discovery thereof and (ii) shall take all steps reasonably necessary under the circumstances to mitigate the effects of the force majeure event upon which such notice is based; provided further, that in the event a force majeure event described in this Section extends for a period in excess of thirty (30) days in the aggregate, North Star Hosting, may immediately terminate this Agreement.
Final Agreement
This Agreement, together with all modifications, constitute the complete and exclusive agreement between you and us, and supersede and govern all prior proposals, agreements, or other communications. This Agreement may not be amended or modified by you except by means of a written document signed by both you and an authorized representative of us.

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