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MTCO Communications - Privacy Policy

About Our Privacy Policy

In this Privacy Policy, the word "MTCO," "we," "us" or "our" refers to MTCO Communications, Inc. Whenever you do something like buy one of our products, watch a show or download an app, information is created. Because we know your privacy is important, we have a Privacy Policy to explain how we collect, use and protect that information.

A Quick Summary of Our Privacy Policy

Our privacy policy applies to your use of our products and services. We will always provide you with notice of material changes to this Policy. In order to do things like constantly improve our services, products and relationship with you, we may collect different types of information that help us learn more about how you use our offerings.

Here’s some of the information we collect:

Here are the three basic ways we collect it:

Here are just some of the ways we use it. To:

Some examples of who we share your Personal Information with:

1. To give you the best customer experience and to help you get everything we have to offer.

2. With other companies and entities, to:

Our privacy commitments

We Do Not Knowingly Collect Personally Identifiable Information From Children

MTCO Communications does not target children (under the age of thirteen) for collection of personally identifiable information through our Website or offline, and it is against our policies to knowingly gather that kind of information from children. Federal law requires website operators who knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of thirteen to first get parental consent, and children should always get permission from their parents before sending any information about themselves (such as their names, email addresses, postal addresses and phone numbers) over the Internet, to us or to anyone else. Persons under the age of eighteen are not eligible to subscribe to MTCO’s television, Internet access, telephone or other services.

MTCO Communications Privacy Policy FAQ


1. What does this Policy cover?

This Privacy Policy covers our practices regarding the information we collect about our customers and users (how we collect it and how we use it). Use of our products and services, as well as visits to our websites, are subject to this Privacy Policy.

2. What about my family members and other users of my MTCO account? Does this Policy apply to them?

Yes. You're responsible for making sure all family members or other users under your account understand and agree to this Policy.

3. When is information not covered by this Policy?

Any time you give information to companies other than MTCO. Some examples are:

4. Can my information be covered by this policy and other privacy policies at the same time?

Yes, that can happen. For example:

If you connect to our Wi-Fi service through another network, such as one provided in a hotel, airport or other venue, any information collected from your use of that network could be subject to either the MTCO policy or the venue policy, and sometimes both. The same thing applies if you connect to our network through your employer's corporate network, or any network operated by a non-MTCO company.

We think it's a great idea to take a look at the privacy policies of any companies you do business with to learn how they use your information.

5. What about business customers?

We may have written product or service agreements with our business customers that contain specific provisions about confidentiality, security or handling of information. When one of these agreements differs from or conflicts with this Policy, the terms of those agreements will apply. In all other instances, the terms of this Policy apply.


1. What information do we collect?

We may collect different types of information based on your use of our products and services and on our business relationship with you.

Account Information:

Technical & Usage Information: related to the services we provide to you, including information about how you use our networks, services, products or websites. Some examples include:

2. How Do You Collect Information?

In three basic ways:

3. How Do You Use My Information?

We use your information to improve your experience and to make our business stronger. Some examples include:

4. Do you use the information I store using one of your cloud services?

We only use it to provide you with that service, unless we first get your permission to use it for something different.


1. Do you provide information for phone books and Caller ID?

Yes and No.

Yes, we share the names, addresses and telephone numbers of our wireline telephone customers with businesses that publish telephone directories and provide directory assistance services. We are required by law to do that. We honor your request for non-published or non- listed phone numbers. Once we provide published listing information to those businesses, they may use, sort, package, repackage and make it available again in different formats to anyone. Yes, we also provide wireline calling name and number information for CallerID.

2. Do you share my Personal Information with other companies for them to market to me?

No, we do not share your personal information for other companies to market to you.

3. Are there any other times when you might provide my Personal Information to other companies or entities?

Yes. We share your Personal Information with companies that perform services for us, like processing your bill. Because we take our responsibility to safeguard your Personal Information seriously, we do not allow those companies to use it for any purpose other than to perform those services, and we require them to protect it in a way consistent with this Policy.

There are also occasions when we provide Personal Information to other companies or other entities, such as government agencies, credit bureaus and collection agencies, without your consent. Some examples include sharing to:

4. Do you share my personally identifiable TV Viewing Information with other companies?

No, we do not.

Notice Regarding Disclosure of Personally Identifiable Information of IPTV Subscribers in Response to A Court Order

In the case of a court order obtained by a non-governmental entity, MTCO is authorized to disclose personally identifiable information collected from TV subscribers as a result of the subscriber's use of TV service only after providing prior notice to the subscriber.


1. Do we sell your Personal Information?

No. We do not sell your Personal information to anyone, for any purpose. Period.

2. How long do we keep your Personal Information?

We keep your Personal Information as long as we need it for business, tax or legal purposes. After that, we destroy it by making it unreadable or undecipherable.

3. What safeguards does MTCO have in place?

We've worked hard to protect your information. And we've established electronic and administrative safeguards designed to make the information we collect secure. Some examples of those safeguards include:

4. Will you notify me in case of a security breach?

Laws and regulations guide us in how to give you notification when certain types of sensitive information are involved in a security breach. We will provide you with notice in accordance with these laws and regulations.

5. Can I review and correct my Personal Information?

Yes. We are happy to help you review and correct the Personal Information we have associated with your account and billing records. Please contact us.


1. What happens if there is a change in corporate ownership?

Information about our customers and users, including Personal Information, may be shared and transferred as part of any merger, acquisition, sale of company assets or transition of service to another provider. This also applies in the unlikely event of an insolvency, bankruptcy or receivership in which customer and user records would be transferred to another entity as a result of such a proceeding.

2. Will I be notified if there are changes to this policy?

We may update this Privacy Policy as necessary to reflect changes we make and to satisfy legal requirements. We will post a prominent notice of the change on our websites. We will provide you with other appropriate notice of important changes at least 30 days before the effective date.

Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI)

This information applies to MTCO telephone customers. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted rules for communication companies to protect your privacy rights as a customer of MTCO. These rights are in addition to the existing safeguards that MTCO already has in place to ensure your privacy rights. The FCC requires MTCO to notify you as a subscriber of your right to restrict the use of, disclosure of, and access to your Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI). You have the right, and MTCO has a duty, under Federal law, to protect the confidentiality of your CPNI.

CPNI : CPNI is information MTCO possesses solely due to the customer-carrier relationship that is necessary for MTCO to serve your telecommunications needs.

CPNI is defined by the FCC as information that relates to the quantity, technical configuration, type, destination, and amount of use of a telecommunications service subscribed to by any customer of a telecommunications carrier and that is made available to the carrier by the customer solely by virtue of the carrier-customer relationship; and information contained in the bills pertaining to telephone exchange or toll service received by a customer of a carrier.

CPNI does not include information that is in the public domain or available from other non-MTCO sources. For example, census data, subscriber list information, and published directory information is public data.

Examples of CPNI : This includes MTCO’s knowledge of the types of services to which you subscribe such as Caller ID, the quantity of your calls, or the amount of your long distance bill or a list of phone numbers you have called. In other words, CPNI is information about when, where, and how often a customer makes use of telecommunications services.

Permitted Use of CPNI by MTCO without your permission : CPNI can be used by MTCO for certain purposes without your permission. MTCO may use CPNI to offer you new or enhanced services that are related to the category of services to which you currently subscribe. MTCO may also use CPNI to respond to your inquiry regarding services you currently use or related services MTCO offers. In addition, MTCO may use CPNI in connection with repair and maintenance services, billing and collection, to protect property and to prevent fraud.

WHAT THIS MEANS TO YOU : As part of MTCO’s compliance with the CPNI rules, all customers choose a random, unique password. You will be asked to provide this password when you contact MTCO, either via telephone or in person, before any of our representatives are allowed to divulge CPNI information. You can add a second authorized user on your account (they will also need to have this password). Business customers will need to establish one (or two) main contacts to handle this information.

If you have any questions regarding our privacy policy and security processes, or need further assistance, please contact Customer Service at 309-367-4197 or 1-800-859-6826, or visit We can also be reached via mail at MTCO Communications, PO Box 800, Metamora, IL 61548.

MTCO Communications Customer Security Policy

At MTCO, we are committed to protecting your account information.

IMPORTANT: We will assist only those people that are listed on your account AND know the Security Password or can answer the two Security Questions.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Customer Security Policy:

1. If I don't have a Security Password and Security Questions setup what will happen?

If you are an account owner, you will be required to setup a Security Password and Security Questions before proceeding to what you contacted or visited us for. To properly identify you as the account owner you will be asked several questions, including your Account Number, Invoice Number, and the Total Due on one of your latest MTCO invoices.

2. If I don't know my Security Password and Security Questions what will happen?

If you are listed on the account, then:

3. If I'm not listed on the account what will happen?

An account owner will need to contact us to add you to the account. The account owner will have to know the Security Password or answer the two Security Questions.

4. What if I don't know who is currently listed on my account?

You can call or visit your local office.

5. Will I have to provide my Security Password if I come into the office?

You will have to provide your Security Password or answer the two Security Questions if you contact MTCO by phone or Chat or email. If you visit the office you can optionally show your valid, state-issued photo I.D. Note, however, you will still need to be listed on the account regardless of how you contact us.

6. Will I have to provide my Security Password every time I contact MTCO?

Yes. You will be required to provide your Security Password or answer the two Security Questions each time.

7. How is the Security Password & Security Questions different from my eBill Password & Security Question?

The Security Password & Security Questions that are part of this new Customer Security Policy will be used when you contact MTCO by phone/Chat/email, or visit the office. These are completely separate from your eBill Password and Security Question, which are used to login to your eBill account online to make payments, view your usage, download invoices, etc.

8. I never had to have a password before, and it was so much easier, why is MTCO requiring it now?

Our Security Policy is for your protection and will allow us to verify your identity. We want to protect your personal information from identity theft, and assure that no changes are made to your account without your authorization.

9. I know several people that work at MTCO, will I still need to provide my Security Password?

Yes. While we at MTCO enjoy knowing many of the people in the communities that we serve, it is important that our new policy be applied consistently for every customer.