Note: The source and revision history for all IO Cooperative policies is also available.
This page documents our policies. If you have a billing question, firstname.lastname@example.org is the best point of contact.
IO Cooperative accepts payment via electronic means only — For example Paypal, Credit Card, or ACH transfer. IO Cooperative does not accept payment via paper means. (No cash, nor cheques.)
All services, except hosting usage overage fees, are pre-paid. Usage overage fees are billed monthly. All invoice payments are due upon receipt of the invoice. Invoices which have not been paid within 30 days of receipt will trigger service suspension.
We issue invoices and receipts via e-mail. This helps us keep our costs low, which in turn helps us to keep our prices down. Payment must be made for at least one month of service and, if applicable, any installation fees prior to initial service activation. You will receive a payment confirmation via e-mail when your payment is processed.
Unless alternative arrangements have been made to IO Cooperative’s satisfaction, customers with balances 30 calendar days past due or greater are considered delinquent and subject to immediate service disconnection. IO Cooperative will not provide delinquent accounts with access to any customer-owned equipment nor to any data stored on its servers. We will notify the primary account contacts of pending suspension before suspending services.
All members who have balances in excess of 30 calendar days past due on two or more occasions in the previous 18 month period will be notified by IO Cooperative that they are now required to setup and enable credit card auto-billing. Once a member has received this notification, they must setup and enable credit card auto-billing on the first recurring invoice which they receive after being notified. If the member fails to configure credit card auto-billing with the first invoice they receive after notification, they must provide IO Cooperative with their credit card details within 7 days to be manually entered into the auto-billing system by the IO Cooperative CFO or the member’s service will be suspended. This information must be conveyed in a GPG encrypted email, sent to the CFO. Service will remain suspended until auto-billing is enabled. Information on how to self-configure auto-billing as well as what information needs to be sent to the CFO in the case of failure to self-configure can be found on the billing member document page.
In order to cancel service with IO Cooperative, members must request cancellation by email to email@example.com.
Only the primary account holder can cancel an account. If you host data on our servers, be sure to retrieve any information you want to keep — e-mail, web pages, files in your web site, home directories, etc. before you cancel. Upon cancellation, all user data will become inaccessible. In the interest of privacy and security, we scrub the disk image associated with your VPS after account cancellation.
You will be responsible for all service fees through the effective date of cancellation regardless of whether or not you used the service. Cancellation requests must be made 30 days prior to the last day of service. For example, to terminate service on May 15th, a member would need to notify IO Cooperative by email on April 14th or before. If, in cancelling service, the member no longer is being provided any services from IO Cooperative, they may also leave the co-operative and be refunded their member deposit. This should be requested along with the service cancellation.
IO Cooperative will refund the prorated amount remaining on the member’s contract starting at the beginning of the first calendar month after cancellation. For example, if a member notifies IO Cooperative on April 28th that they wish to terminate service as of May 31st, and they pay quarterly, the member would receive a refund for the month of June (1/3rd of the quarterly payment for April, May and June).
Delinquent accounts may be turned over to a collection agency, in which case the account holder will be responsible for all collection costs, including reasonable attorney fees.