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Protecting your Privacy

Hiawatha Broadband Communications, Inc. (HBC) protects the confidentiality of its telecommunications customers consistent with applicable law, including the FCC’s regulations governing Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI).

What is CPNI?
CPNI is information HBC obtains or creates in the normal course of providing local or long distance telecommunications services to you. This information includes the quantity and types of telecommunications services you currently receive, how you use them and related billing information, such as call destination, location and amount of use. CPNI is made available to HBC solely by virtue of our carrier-customer relationship. CPNI does not include your phone number, name and address since this information is typically published in a phone directory.

What can HBC do with CPNI?
HBC is permitted to use CPNI to provide the telecommunications services you purchase, including billing and collections for those services. HBC can also use or disclose CPNI, without your approval, to offer enhancements to telecommunications services of the same type that you already purchase from us. For example, if you purchase basic local phone services, HBC does not need your approval to use your customer information to offer you enhanced services such as voicemail or caller ID services.

HBC is also permitted by federal law to use, disclose, or permit access to your individually identified customer information in certain circumstances: (1) as required by law or court order; (2) with your approval; (3) in providing or marketing the services from which the customer information is derived or services necessary to or used in such services; (4) to initiate, render, bill and collect for services; (5) for the provisioning of inside wiring, installation, maintenance and repair services; or (6) to investigate fraud or to protect against unlawful or abusive use of service and to protect other users.

Examples Where Disclosure of CPNI is Permitted Without your Approval

  • When you dial 911, information about your location may be transmitted automatically to a public safety agency.
  • Certain information about your long distance calls is transmitted to your long distance company for billing purposes.
  • We must disclose information, as necessary, to comply with court orders or subpoenas.
  • We also will share information to protect the rights or property and to protect users of its services and other carriers from fraudulent, abusive or unlawful use of services.
  • We may, where permitted by law, provide information to credit bureaus, or provide information and or sell receivables to collection agencies to obtain payment for HBC billed products and services.
  • HBC may also use, disclose or permit access to your customer information for the marketing of different categories of service to which you do not subscribe, however, we must obtain your approval to do so.

Disclosure of CPNI
Protecting the confidentiality of your CPNI is your right and HBC’s duty under federal law. We do not sell or disclose CPNI to anyone outside of
HBC or to anyone not authorized to represent us to offer products or services, or to perform functions on our behalf, except as may be required or permitted by law or authorized by you. When HBC uses agents, contractors or other companies to perform services on our behalf, we require them to protect your CPNI consistent with applicable law. HBC does not disclose CPNI to any unaffiliated third parties for use in their own marketing. HBC is, however, required to seek prior opt-in approval from customer(s) should it choose to use joint venture partners or independent contractors for the purposes of marketing HBC communication services.

Additional Security Procedures
As part of the Federal Communications Commission’s privacy requirements, effective October 1, 2007 a password or photo ID will be required before the following type of information can be released or processed. Phone Service: “Call detail information” this includes: a called number, calling number, time, location or duration of any call. To extend this protection, HBC will also require the same password be used when requesting the following information:

VOD/PPV Purchases
When manually ordering a VOD (Video-On-Demand) or PPV (Pay-Per-View) event or movie, a password will be required. VOD and PPV service is available where Video services is available.

Internet Services
When changing of password(s) and information regarding website or email usage, a password will be required.

Protecting your Privacy, Continued
As part of this process a backup authorization procedure must be in place in case a customer should forget or lose his/her password. It will be important to include any person(s) you wish to have access to the account. If they are not listed on the account no information can be released or changes to the account processed.

Without either a password or an answer to these questions, HBC will only be able to mail the “address of record” or to call the customer at the “phone of record” to process any changes or requests for information.

Security questions are:

  1. What is your dream vacation? (Example: Alaska)
  2. What is your favorite color? (Example: blue green)

Notice of your Rights to Restrict CPNI
You have the right under federal law to restrict our use or disclosure of and access to your CPNI. You also have the right to grant or deny access
to your CPNI. This notice seeks your consent to permit HBC to use, disclose or permit access to your CPNI for purposes of marketing other communications-related service offerings to which you do not already subscribe. Your approval will be deemed granted unless you otherwise notify us. At no time will your decision to deny approval affect the provision of any telecommunications services from HBC. However, without your approval, our ability to provide you with information on other services will be prohibited.

Restricting our use of CPNI
No action by you is necessary to permit us to access and use your CPNI information to offer you communications-related services that may be different from the type of services you currently receive. Your approval to use CPNI may enhance HBC’s ability to offer products and services tailored to your needs. You have 35 days from the date of this notice to advise us if you DO NOT want us to use your CPNI for this purpose before approval is assumed. Only HBC and its authorized representatives will use the CPNI. You may inform us of your decision to deny access by either calling our office, in writing or by email as set forth below. There is no cost to you for your decision. After the 35 days has expired, HBC may begin using your information to offer different products to you. At any time after the 35 days, however, you can change your decision by contacting us. You have the right to disapprove, and revoke or limit access to your CPNI at any time and at no cost. Your decision will remain effective until you change it.

Restriction of use of Customer Proprietary Information
You have the right to disapprove, and revoke or limit access to your CPNI at any time and at no cost. Your decision will remain effective until you change it.

-Additional Information On CPNI Privacy Is Available From The FCC

Federal Communications Commission
Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
Consumer Inquiries and Complaints Division
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20554
Phone: (888) 225-5322 (888-CALL-FCC)
TTY: (888) 835-5322 (888-TELL-FCC)

To Contact HBC for Changes:
Attn: Subscriber Privacy
58 Johnson Street
Winona, MN 55987
Phone: (888) 474-9995

-Phone and Email are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to allow you to opt-out whenever you choose.

Customer Complaints
If you have any inquiries, problems or complaints concerning signal quality, services or billing, please contact your local Customer Care Representative. Our phones are answered during business hours by trained company representatives, and answered by an answering machine outside business hours. Inquiries received outside business hours will be responded to by a company representative during the next business day. Click here to contact us regarding any billing inquires. We hope to be able to resolve all inquiries and complaints to your satisfaction. However, if you are dissatisfied with our handling of any inquiry or complaint, you may contact your local franchising authority. Names, addresses, and phone numbers of the franchising authorities are:

City of Altura
25 North Main
Altura, MN 55910
City of Cannon Falls
918 River Road
Cannon Falls, MN 55009
City of Dover
218 North Chatfield St.
Dover, MN 55929
City of Elba
122o N Main St.
PO Box 45
Altura, MN 55910
City of Elgin
130 E. Main St.
PO Box 236
City of Eyota
38 S. Front St. SW
PO Box 328
City of Goodview
4140 5th Street
Winona, MN 55987
City of Kellogg
350 E Belvidere Ave Suite 1
PO Box 147
City of Lake City
205 West Center Street
Lake City, MN 55041
City of Miesville
Miesville, MN 55033
City of Minneiska
Minneiska, MN 55910
City of Minnesota City
149 Mill Street
Minnesota City, MN 55959
City of New Trier
8540 240th Street East
Hampton, MN 55031
City of Plainview
214 West Broadway
Plainview, MN 55964
City of Red Wing
315 West 4th Street
Red Wing, MN 55066
City of Rollingstone
61 Main Street
Rollingstone, MN 55969
City of St. Charles
830 Whitewater Avenue
St. Charles, MN 55972
City of Stockton
8600 D Street
Stockton, MN 55988
City of Utica
PO Box 431
Utica, MN 55979
City of Wabasha
900 Hiawatha Drive, East
Wabasha, MN 55981
City of Winona
207 Lafayette St.
Winona, MN 55987

Consumers have the right to contact the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission if you feel your complaint has not been resolved.

Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
121 7th Place East, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55101-2147
Phone: (800) 657-3782

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