NTS Communications maintains an open Internet for its customers to provide open and uninhibited access to legal online content without any blocking or impairment to content. The following document summarizes NTS’ Network Management Practices, Performance Characteristics and Commercial Terms of the Internet access services it provides to both its residential and business customers.
Interfaces delivering Internet access to the NTS subscribers are not subjugated to blocking practices that could prohibit access to lawful content. NTS subscribers have access to the full suite of networking protocols supporting access to lawful content and applications.
The NTS network is continuously availed ample capacity at the core, aggregation and access layers. The available capacity is capable of deploying the bandwidth resources consumed by all lawful cyber applications and services without resorting to any bandwidth throttling. NTS maintains the right to apply bandwidth rate limits to circuits connected to the customer premise in order to enforce the bandwidth rates allowed under the purchased services.
NTS does deploy prioritization mechanisms that would prioritize real time application traffic should the network become congested. However, because the NTS congestion management policy maintains all network circuits at utilization levels well below congestions levels, these mechanisms lay dormant in the network and have never had to prioritize real time application traffic. The NTS network congestion policy removes the need to prioritize any affiliated traffic.
NTS network treats all customer ingress and egress traffic as well as all cyber applications equally. No customer traffic benefits of higher prioritization based on the level of paid service.
Congestion Management Policy
NTS network circuits are monitored on a regular basis through deployed network management systems. Circuits reaching 50% utilization are flagged as eligible for a capacity augment depending on the rate of utilization increase. Circuits reaching 75% automatically trigger capacity augment projects. NTS ensures that the customer continues to receive a fair distribution to the network resources and avoids congestion.
Application Specific Behavior
The NTS network does not engage in any Application-Specific Behavior. All cyber application are serviced and treated equally.
Device Attachment Rules
NTS allows customers to attach any device to its network as long as it does not violate NTS’ Internet Acceptable Use Policy or harm the NTS network in any way. Not all devices may function properly on NTS’ network or be technically compatible dependent upon the Internet service to which it is being attached.
NTS monitors its network 24/7 to ensure the most secure online experience for its customers and compliance with NTS’ Internet Acceptable Use Policy. NTS’ policies and security procedures may change to adhere to any new and changing technologies.
NTS offers Internet access services to residential, small business, large business and enterprise customers over various technologies that are available within its serviceable areas. These technologies include fiber network technologies such as FTTP and FTTH, DSL technologies such as ADSL, SDSL and VDSL and TDM technologies. In addition to Internet access these technologies are deployed to support layer two VPN’s, cell tower backhaul and voice services. The availability of these technologies varies by geographical serving areas.
NTS’ Internet access varies by location and by level of subscribed to services by the customer. While NTS strives to provide all customers their maximum subscribed to Internet speed at all times, actual Internet speeds may vary and are not guaranteed. NTS Internet speed claims represent maximum speed capabilities and may vary based on many factors including website traffic, content provider server capacity, use of other NTS services, and maximum bandwidth restrictions on customer owned equipment.
The actual throughput that NTS Internet customers experience may vary. The average throughput at any time of the day ranges from 80% to 94%. The service speed is provisioned between the network device and the on premise router. This speed may vary due to many factors, including those outside of NTS’ control including the customer’s location, websites accessed and the customer’s on premise equipment.
Current customers of NTS Internet service can determine their current throughput of their subscribed Internet service via the NTS Speed Test servers located at the following websites:
The above listed websites will provide accurate throughput and latency results for Internet service provisioned over the NTS network. Alternative speed test websites and results may vary and may not be accurate due to including data from non-NTS facilities.
Impact of Specialized Services
NTS offers specialized services over the same facilities including layer two VPN (virtual private network) and video services. The impact of specialized services depends on the customer’s service configuration as well as the speed subscribed to. Details of this impact are disclosed to customers at the point of sale.
Information about NTS Communication’s rates and services is available at www.ntscom.com or by contacting the NTS Sales Department at 800-658-2150.
Any applicable early termination fees are outlined and described in the customer service agreement. These fees may vary based on customer type and term of agreement. Customer should reference their service agreement and the terms described in their original order for details regarding specific pricing, terms and any early termination fees that may apply to them.
NTS currently does not limit any Internet service with data caps or allowances and does not charge any incremental fee for excessive use.
At NTS, we work to provide the best possible online experience to our customers. We use information that we gather from our customers to provide our services and fulfill legal obligations when required. NTS does not give or sell information about you or your NTS accounts to any other company, individual or group. NTS will only use information about you and your NTS accounts to help us better serve your communications needs or to suggest NTS services and/or educational materials that may be of interest to you. We take our customers privacy very seriously and all consumer information that we gather is kept strictly private and confidential in accordance with state and federal laws.
NTS will not release information about you or your NTS accounts unless we receive your prior consent, we believe the recipient to be you or your authorized representative, or we are required by law or subpoena to release information to the recipient.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding NTS’ High-Speed InterNormalnet Service or any part of this disclosure, please contact NTS’ general counsel at:
Please include the following information in your correspondence:
Subject Line: High-Speed Internet Service Disclosure
Body of Email: Include your service address and a brief summary of your question and/or concern.
You may also contact NTS by postal mail. Please address correspondence to:
NTS COMMUNICATIONS INC.
ATTN: GENERAL COUNSEL
1220 BROADWAY ST. STE 100
LUBBOCK, TX 79401-3201
At NTS, we take all questions and concerns very seriously. We will review all submissions and an NTS representative will respond to you in a timely manner.
Updates To This Document
NTS Communications reserves the right to update this disclosure as needed.