RISE BROADBAND HOSTED PBX SERVICES
I. Service Description
RISE BROADBAND Hosted PBX Service (“Service” or “Hosted PBX Service”) is a service offering consisting of (i.)
Professional Services project management and turnkey implementation of the RISE BROADBAND-provided Hosted PBX solution and network services; (ii.) the provision of Hosted PBX manufacturer hardware and software applications, telephone handset(s) and related applications (collectively “Equipment”) at Customer-specified service location(s) (“Premises”); (iii.) the furnishing of voice and data access, local, and long distance services; (iv) the service and support of Equipment at such Premises; (v.) on-going lifecycle management; (vi.) remote moves, adds, and changes; (vii.) proactive monitoring and alerting.
Service is provided, in part, via a centralized multi-tenant IP PBX that accommodates customers with IP telephone stations and allows access to RISE BROADBAND’s network.
The Service provides basic voice service calling features with each telephone number ordered. In order for Customer to qualify for IP telephone handsets for use in connection with the Service, Customer must qualify itself as IP-ready. RISE BROADBAND will evaluate, design, provision, maintain and manage Service based on a configuration proposed to, and accepted by, Customer as detailed in the accompanying Service Order Agreement (“SOA”).
In the event of any inconsistency between the terms and conditions set forth in the SOA and these Hosted PBX Service terms, these Hosted PBX Service terms will control.
II. Agreement; Price Changes; Service Requirements and Restrictions
1. Agreement. These terms and conditions together with those set forth in the Service Order Agreement (“SOA”), including any applicable attachments, as well as any applicable tariffs, RISE BROADBAND’s Acceptable Use Policy (“AUP”) found at www.risebroadband.com and the General Terms and Conditions, all of which are incorporated herein by reference and made part of the Agreement govern RISE BROADBAND’s provision of Hosted PBX Service.
2. Pricing and Price Changes. Cancellation of Service by Customer after Service is ordered, but prior to Service availability will result in early termination charges. Changes to an accepted PBX configuration prior to its installation will result in configuration change charges.
Refusal by Customer to accept Service upon its availability will result in a “Not Ready for Service” or delay charge. RISE BROADBAND may modify the rates and prices for Service. If it does so, RISE BROADBAND will notify Customer in writing in advance of any price increase in accordance with the requirements set forth in the General Terms and Conditions but any price reduction will be effective without notification to Customer.
a. Active Seat Charge. The Active Seat Charge incorporates the following system, telephone, network, and service and support elements:
i. Telephone station IP license
ii. Call origination and termination within the 48 Contiguous United States
ii. User Voice Mailbox
vi. System service and support
b. Applications. Manufacturer and third party applications will be listed on the SOA under separate line items and are not included under the Active Seat Charge. Applications may include the following:
i. Auto Attendant
ii. Call Center Agents and Queues
iii. Call Accounting
v. Voice Mailbox (standalone)
3. Security Deposit. If Customer has a past due balance in two (2) or more billing periods, consecutive or separate, RISE BROADBAND reserves the right to require, and Customer agrees to promptly pay, as a security deposit one (1) month’s Service Fees and one (1) month’s average Long Distance Service charges as a security for the performance by Customer of its obligation under this Agreement. Security Deposit will be applied as credit back to Customer in the last monthly invoice of the original term of this Agreement.
4. Service Requirements. To receive Hosted PBX Service, Customer must execute, and RISE BROADBAND must accept, a Service Order Agreement (“SOA”) establishing the rights and obligations of Customer and RISE BROADBAND (including its contractors) with regard to the provisioning of Service and Equipment.
a. an E911 Disclosure Addendum indicating that any E911 calling capability associated with Service:
i. may not be available during an electrical power outage affecting the Service location;
ii. will not be available if Customer’s broadband connection service has been disrupted and not restored;
iii. will not be available if Service has been discontinued for any reason, including Customer nonpayment;
iv. may not be available at locations other than the location for which a Service address has been furnished to RISE BROADBAND;
v. may not be available or may be routed to emergency personnel unable to respond, if Customer has moved phones to a location other than one for which a Service address has been provided to RISE BROADBAND;
vi. may be delayed or unavailable due to network congestion or other problems affecting the network.
Customer is strongly encouraged to acquire and maintain alternative means of accessing E911 or other emergency response service, such as a traditional landline or mobile telephone, and to inform its authorized users of emergency calling alternatives available to them;
b. Customer-acknowledged / approved detail of network services including, but not limited to:
i. Complete and correct inventory of the Customer’s telephone numbers to be ported to RISE BROADBAND (as required).
5. Customers porting telephone numbers from hosted PBX providers are required to provide a Customer Service Record from their previous provider that details the following:
a. Customer Account Name
b. Customer Account Address
c. Customer Account Number
d. List of telephone numbers porting to RISE BROADBAND
ii. Services and accompanying Equipment to be provided by RISE BROADBAND.
iii. Customer contact information that includes telephone number and valid email address
6. Service Restrictions. Under no circumstance may Customer or its employees, agents, contractors or subcontractors move the Equipment furnished as part of Service. RISE BROADBAND reserves the right either to discontinue furnishing Service or to move Customer to an alternative usage plan or product if Customer’s usage, in RISE BROADBAND’s sole discretion, is deemed not to be that of a typical business user or if the Service is being used by Customer for any prohibited application. Customer will remain responsible for any applicable early termination charges if Customer chooses to terminate Service as a result of RISE BROADBAND’s discontinuation of Service or RISE BROADBAND’s modification of Customer’s usage plan or product.
7. Right to Terminate. Notwithstanding anything contained in this Agreement to the contrary, RISE BROADBAND’s provision of the Services to Customer is at RISE BROADBAND’s option, and RISE BROADBAND reserves the right to determine, in its sole discretion, not to arrange for or to discontinue provision of such Services and to terminate this Agreement for any reason whatsoever by giving Customer not less than one hundred and twenty (120) days prior written notice thereof. Such Service termination by RISE BROADBAND may be based upon, but not limited to, a determination that the rules, regulations or policies of the Federal Communications Commission, state Public Utility Commission or equivalent regulatory entity, or any other applicable federal, state, or local governmental agency or entity may cause the provision of such Services to be unlawful, unprofitable, impractical or undesirable in the sole determination of RISE BROADBAND.
III. Default; Remedies; Assignment and Disclaimer of Warranty
1. Default. In addition to the default provision set forth in General Terms and Conditions, Customer will be in Default if:
a. Customer abandons or vacates the Premises; or
b. Customer breaches the lease or other occupancy agreement under which Customer has the right to occupy the Premises and such breach is not cured within any cure period provided therein; or
c. Without the prior written consent of RISE BROADBAND, Customer disconnects, discontinues or decreases the use of the Service or Equipment described in the SOA.
2. Remedies Upon Default
a. Upon the occurrence of a default by Customer, RISE BROADBAND will have the right to terminate the Service(s) and, at RISE BROADBAND’s option, to collect all future Monthly Recurring Charges to which RISE BROADBAND is entitled hereunder during the remainder of the then current term of this Agreement, either in a lump sum, or as provided for hereunder. The parties agree that such amount is a fair and equitable amount as liquidated damages. RISE BROADBAND will also have the right to enter upon the Premises to repossess or move any Equipment. Security deposits, where applicable, will be credited against the undisputed charges before additional collection is required.
b. The above right shall be cumulative and in addition to any other rights or remedies available to RISE BROADBAND at law or in equity.
3. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTY. IN CONNECTION WITH THE SERVICES AND EQUIPMENT, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY SOFTWARE LICENSES ASSOCIATED THEREWITH, RISE BROADBAND HAS NOT MADE AND DOES NOT MAKE ANY REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AND SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTY OF MERCHANTIBILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
IV. Local Services
Where Customer is being provisioned with local services that are tariffed, applicable state tariffs, which may be modified by RISE BROADBAND from time to time in accordance with law, will govern the provision of local service furnished as part of the Hosted PBX Service. All local service related rates, charges and surcharges apply to the voice portion of Service, e.g., Local Directory Assistance, Local Operator Services and Directory Listings.
V. Long Distance / Toll-Free Services
1. Hosted PBX Service includes an allotment of inbound and outbound domestic long distance calling minutes subject to the limitations and usage requirements described below. Charges for international long distance calling will be billed at the then current service rates reflected at voice.RISEBROADBAND.com. In addition:
2. The minimum charge for a call is sixty (60) seconds, and each call will be billed in sixty (60) second increments with rounded up to the next whole minute.
3. Directory Assistance (411 or NPA 555-1212) will be charged at the then current service rates.
4. Conference Calling charges will be billed at then-current service rates.
5. Toll-Free bundle packages may be available as part of the Hosted PBX Service. Any Toll-Free bundle packages shall be subject to an overage charge of $.01 per minute to be applied at RISE BROADBANDS sole discretion. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, RISE BROADBAND reserves the right to discontinue the Hosted PBX Service at any time in their sole discretion, if illegal, malicious, improper, or other abusive use of a Toll-Free bundle is detected or suspected by RISE BROADBAND.
VI. Data Services
Dedicated Internet Access (DIA) service can be provided with the Hosted PBX Service. If such service is provided, the applicable product-specific terms and conditions relating to these offerings located at www.risebroadband.com shall apply.
VII. Service in Locations where RISE BROADBAND is not the Voice and/or Data Network Service Provider
1. Customer acknowledges that it may have Quality of Service (“QoS”) issues or other service related interruptions with circuits provided by a third party carrier (collectively “Third Party Issues”).
2. Third Party Issues could adversely affect Customer’s communication solutions, including, but not limited to, inbound and outbound 4 digit dialing, and voicemail service. RISE BROADBAND is not responsible for such issues and Customer agrees to assume all responsibility for resolving any Third Party Issues.
3. If during the course of RISE BROADBAND supporting an open trouble ticket, RISE BROADBAND recognizes a Third Party Issue, RISE BROADBAND will troubleshoot the effort on a time and materials basis at RISE BROADBAND’s then-current rates and Customer agrees to pay such charges.
4. If Customer desires RISE BROADBAND to work directly with the third party circuit carrier to resolve Third Party Issues, Customer will provide RISE BROADBAND with prior written permission via a Letter of Agency (LOA). RISE BROADBAND will provide third party circuit support as needed, on a time and materials basis at RISE BROADBAND’s then-current rates. Customer agrees to pay such applicable charges to RISE BROADBAND.
1. If RISE BROADBAND or its contractors and agents provide Customer with the Equipment needed to use Hosted PBX Service, RISE BROADBAND will retain all rights, title and interest in Equipment and such rights, title and interest in said Equipment shall not vest in Customer or any third party. Equipment delivered to Customer is only to be used in conjunction with the Hosted PBX Service and Customer is not authorized to use the Equipment for any other purpose. RISE BROADBAND may terminate the Agreement and remove the Equipment from Customer’s premises if the requirement in the preceding sentence is violated. Customer will take all reasonable measures to protect and care for the Equipment as it would its own equipment. Customer shall be responsible for all loss, damage or destruction of the Equipment from the date of delivery to Customer’s premise until the date the Equipment is removed from Customer’s premises by RISE BROADBAND or its contractors or agents. Upon termination or expiration of the Agreement, the Equipment must be in the same condition as when originally delivered, normal wear and tear accepted. If Equipment cannot be recovered by RISE BROADBAND, or if Equipment is damaged beyond the ordinary wear and tear resulting from its use, Customer will be liable to RISE BROADBAND for either the replacement value of the Equipment or its repair costs, both of which shall be determined by RISE BROADBAND.
2. Customer-provided equipment. Customers providing their own equipment shall present an itemized list of equipment to be included in the accompanying SOA. Equipment provided shall meet all manufacturer’s interoperability specifications and vintage or firmware requirements for solution detailed in the accompanying SOA.
IX. Equipment Service and Support Services
If RISE BROADBAND or its contractors and agents provide and continue to own the Equipment needed for Customer to use Hosted PBX Service, then during the Initial Term or any renewal thereof, RISE BROADBAND or its designee shall furnish service and support of the Equipment when required, provided that the Equipment is used in compliance with RISE BROADBAND’s normal operating instructions and not abused or modified by Customer. Service and support is defined as fault isolation and diagnosis, hardware replacement for defective hardware, and software updates for defective software. Customer will be responsible for making any requests for service and support by contacting RISE BROADBAND via telephone or by giving RISE BROADBAND written notice. Service and support services may be provided by remote access to Customer’s Equipment.
1. Moves, Adds & Changes (MACs). RISE BROADBAND’s service and support obligations do not include moves and changes or installation of additional Equipment. Moves, adds, and changes or troubleshooting, or any other services not covered under this Agreement will be quoted to Customer at RISE BROADBAND’s then-current rates.
2. Applications. If Customer requires help with configuring applications after installation Customer will be charged at RISE BROADBAND’s then-current hourly rates.
3. Coverage Hours. RISE BROADBAND’s service and support coverage applies during Standard Business Hours: 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. in the time zone of the covered Equipment, Monday through Friday, excluding RISE BROADBAND observed holidays. At Customer’s request, RISE BROADBAND will perform service and support services from 5:00p.m. to 8:00a.m. at RISE BROADBAND’s then-current overtime labor rates.
4. Hosted PBX Repair Response Intervals. Hosted PBX Repair Response interval is measured from the time Customer initiates requests for service and support service by contacting RISE BROADBAND via telephone or by giving RISE BROADBAND written notice. Hours are stated in Coverage Hours. Service and support work will be performed during Customer’s specified coverage hours. RISE BROADBAND’s response to Customer’s request for service and support services will include contacting Customer, remotely accessing the Equipment or by dispatching technical resources to Customer’s premise. RISE BROADBAND will then diagnose and remedy the fault. RISE BROADBAND’s repair response intervals for Hosted PBX Services are stated below:
a. Priority 1: Within (8) hours of a properly reported request for service and support service
b. Priority 2: Within (24) RISE BROADBAND business hours of a properly reported request for service and support service.
5. Definition of Service and Support Priority
a. Priority 1. A malfunction of the Service affecting more than twenty-five percent (50%) of the Stations.
b. Priority 2. Any failure that is not included in the definition of a Priority 1 Failure.
6. If the Service and Support Services include provision of replacement hardware, replacement hardware provided as part of Service and Support Services may be refurbished and will be furnished only on an exchange basis. Returned hardware that has been replaced by RISE BROADBAND will become RISE BROADBAND’s property.
7. End of Life Equipment. RISE BROADBAND may discontinue, or limit the scope of Service and Support Services, for Equipment that a third party manufacturer has declared “end of life,” “end of service,” “end of support,” “manufacture discontinue” or similar designation (“End of Support”) from time to time.
8. RISE BROADBAND may electronically monitor supported Equipment for the following purposes:
a. remote diagnostics and corrective actions;
b. to determine applicable charges;
c. to verify compliance with applicable software license terms and restrictions;
d. Customer will provide RISE BROADBAND with any necessary dial-up connection and other assistance for such remote access.
9. None of the following are included in Service and Support Services provided by RISE BROADBAND:
a. Diagnosis or support of equipment or software other than supported Equipment provided by RISE BROADBAND in connection with the Hosted PBX Service, including without limitation, systems interfacing with supported Equipment;
b. Support of user-defined applications;
c. Making corrections to user-defined reports;
d. Data recovery services;
e. Services associated with relocation of supported Equipment;
f. Support of Equipment used in breach of applicable license restrictions or contrary to capacity and other use limitations under which the Equipment was licensed by the manufacturer;
g. Support of Equipment that have had their serial numbers altered, defaced or deleted;
h. Service and Support or repair resulting from any of the following:
i. neglect, misuse, power failures or surges, fault or negligence of any\persons other than RISE BROADBAND or its contractors, or causes external to the supported Equipment;ii. the combination or integration of non-RISE BROADBAND furnished equipment, software, or facilities with supported Equipment (except as provided in the RISE BROADBAND documentation);
iii. supported Equipment that have been changed, modified or altered if such changes, modifications or alterations are not performed or directed by RISE BROADBAND;
iv. changes to the environment in which the supported Equipment were installed;
v. any failure to follow RISE BROADBAND’s or the manufacturer’s installation, operation or service and support instructions, including the failure to permit RISE BROADBAND timely remote access to the supported Equipment;
vi. actions of non-RISE BROADBAND or RISE BROADBAND authorized contractor personnel; or
vii. force majeure conditions outside of RISE BROADBAND’s reasonable control.
10. Customer – provided equipment.
The customer or its designee shall furnish maintenance of their Equipment when required, provided that their Equipment is used in compliance with RISE BROADBAND’s normal operating instructions, including the provision of replacement hardware and/or software. Failure of customer-provided equipment may negatively impact and/or result in significant or total loss of service for an extended period of time until customer or designee provides replacement hardware or software and restores service.
X. Customer Moves, Adds, and Changes & Upgrade Policy
Only authorized Customer contacts can request changes to the Hosted PBX Service. RISE BROADBAND will provide Customer with an order number and a requested service date. The following remote Moves, Adds, and Changes (“MACs”) are included in the Hosted PBX Service program:
1. Telephone button programming (e.g. user extension, auto dial button)
2. Station name change
3. Telephone set coverage / “ring to” change (e.g. call forwarding, busy no answer, etc)
4. Remote Care end-user feature training / Q&A
5. Call Restriction change
6. Hunt Group change
7. Speed Dialing
8. Password resets
9. Voicemail – Programming change
10. Incoming call routing
11. Short code creation
Upon customer initiating a Remote MAC service request, work will be completed within (24) RISE BROADBAND business hours during normal 8 am- 5pm, M-F hours within the Customers service address time zone. Note that certain remote software changes may require a reboot of the system to take effect. Moves, Adds, and Changes not listed above will be charged at then current service rates.
a. Upgrades will be co-terminus with the current service agreement unless otherwise defined within amended contract.
b. Customer will be charged and agrees to pay a non-recurring charge as designated by RISE BROADBAND in connection with related configuration, installation & training.
c. RISE BROADBAND will adjust and Customer agrees to pay applicable additional monthly recurring charges for equipment and service and support services charges associated with Customer approved equipment and service and support service additions.
d. Upgrades requested in last 6 months of the term of the Agreement are subject to RISE BROADBAND review and approval and may require a new term agreement. If upgrade requires new hardware, software and on-site installation and less than half of the term of the Agreement remains in place, then a new agreement may be required at RISE BROADBAND’s discretion.
XIII. Proactive Monitoring and Alerting
1. Monitoring. RISE BROADBAND, or a selected vendor on behalf of RISE BROADBAND, will conduct monitoring of critical PBX system components through intermittent polling.
2. Hosted PBX Service Monitoring Repair Response Intervals. RISE BROADBAND’s Hosted PBX Service Monitoring Repair Response interval is measured from the time RISE BROADBAND is notified via monitoring system alarm. Hours are stated in Section X, Coverage Hours. RISE BROADBAND’s response to monitoring system alarm will include initial diagnosis of issue by remotely accessing the Equipment or by dispatching technical resources. If RISE BROADBAND determines that the issue is related to network services, resolution may include the reboot of PBX and/or auxiliary servers or appliances prior to the dispatch of technical resources to the Customer’s premise. Service and Support work will be performed during Customer’s specified coverage hours. RISE BROADBAND’s response intervals are stated below:
a. Priority 1: Within (8) hours of receipt of a system monitoring alert
b. Priority 2: Within (24) RISE BROADBAND business hours of a system monitoring alert
3. Customer-provided Equipment. Customer-provided equipment, over and above the equipment provided by RISE BROADBAND under the Hosted PBX Service, will not be monitored.
XIV. Additional Customer Responsibilities
1. Customer will cooperate with RISE BROADBAND or RISE BROADBAND’s contractors or agents as reasonably necessary for RISE BROADBAND’s performance of Services in a timely manner. This cooperation includes:
a. providing RISE BROADBAND or RISE BROADBAND’s contractor or agent with access to all facilities, Equipment, hardware, software, work space, and office support (telephone, internet access, etc.);
b. ensuring that the premises are safe, free of any hazardous materials and have installed necessary power and grounding and climate control facilities;
c. ensuring that Customer has obtained connection to and all necessary permissions, licenses, permits or consents from any public or private telephone network to which the supported Equipment are connected and any necessary permissions, licenses or permits from any federal, state or local government or regulatory authorities;
d. providing RISE BROADBAND with designated points of contact; and
e. providing necessary telephone numbers and passwords to enable remote access to the supported Equipment and notifying RISE BROADBAND promptly of any changes made to such numbers or passwords. Customer is responsible for ensuring that its networks and systems are adequately secured against unauthorized intrusion or attack and regularly backing up its data and files in accordance with good computing practices. All items to be provided by Customer are at Customer’s expense.
2. Where Customer is to provide RISE BROADBAND with information or access in relation to any third party products or the integration of supported Equipment in Customer’s network (including without limitation specifications and interface information of interoperating hardware and software in Customer’s network), then information or access will be supplied to RISE BROADBAND in a timely manner at Customer’s expense. It will be Customer’s responsibility to obtain any consents and licenses of third parties that may be necessary for the provision of such information or access to RISE BROADBAND for RISE BROADBAND’s use in its performance of the Services.
3. Costs incurred by RISE BROADBAND due to non-performance by Customer or Customer’s vendor(s) may result in additional charges and / or delay in installation and cutover. Customer hereby agrees to promptly pay RISE BROADBAND for such applicable charges.
XV. VoIP – LAN / WAN Infrastructure
1. Customer is responsible for the design, management, performance and on-going service and support of their corporate and / or remote office local area networks, including the physical station-level cabling, network IP subnetting, configuration of VLans, or establishing VPNs supporting the desktop computers, corporate applications, and peripheral IP equipment.
2. RISE BROADBAND does not warranty or guarantee connectivity, performance, or QoS for IP Telephony and VoIP applications over non RISE BROADBAND-provided or approved network and/or Hosted PBX services.
3. Customer understands that it is Customer’s responsibility to administer and maintain QoS levels within its LAN / WAN / VPN infrastructure.
4. Customer acknowledges its local area network (LAN) and/or wide area network (WAN) user elements may need to be upgraded, redesigned, or reconfigured at Customer’s sole expense in order to support converged IP Telephony and VoIP solutions.
5. Customer understands that any future LAN modifications or data applications may negatively impact QoS and LAN-connected applications and in those instances, Customer may require RISE BROADBAND troubleshooting, repair and possibly a network assessment at Customer’s expense.
6. Customer is responsible for the installation and deployment of the VPN clients for IP hard and soft telephones.
XVI. Professional Services
1. Professional Services include work performed by RISE BROADBAND, including its employees, agents, contractors and subcontractors.
2. Professional Services will be provided in accordance with a Service Order Agreement.
3. Any customer initiated Job Change Orders (JCO) processed within 2 weeks of scheduled service activation may or may not be delivered at the time of initial service activation. Customer agrees not to withhold signature of project closure for delivery of items associated with any JCO(s).
4. JCOs may result in additional charges.
5. Customer will be responsible at its own expense for performance of their project responsibilities identified in the Service Order Agreement and for performing all its responsibilities hereunder.