On Sept. 9, 1997, the Board of Directors of the Mountain
Area Information Network passed the following resolution unanimously:
"As a nonprofit community network, MAIN respects the privacy of its users
and strives to protect that privacy. The MAIN Board of Directors, therefore,
resolves that mailing lists of MAIN users will not be sold, shared or
The board action was taken in response to a growing trend among commercial
online services to sell mailing lists and other user-information to advertisers
and direct-mail marketing firms, and to track user-destinations and preferences
as people navigate the Internet. MAIN does not employ "user-preference"
tracking software, nor does it make any other efforts to track or monitor
users' online experience.
MAIN's commitment to protecting the privacy of its users also extends
of the Mountain
Voices public forums, which requires forum participants to register
a user-name and password. This information will be used by MAIN only to
state or federal laws.