Wireless Network Acceptable Use Policy

The Eastern District of Washington provides free wireless access to the Internet in the Spokane, Yakima, and Richland Federal Courthouses. All courtrooms and attorney conference rooms are equipped with WiFi.

Access is intended for:
* Attorneys
* Non-attorneys if they have a proceeding at the Courthouse or an active case file
* Media

The names of the access points are as follows. In Spokane: EWA7, EWA9-E, and EWA9-W. In Yakima: EWA1, EWA2, EWA3, and EWA4. In Richland: GSAHVACLAN.

Access is not password protected. In order to connect to the wireless network, devices must have a WiFi-compatible network card installed (802.11a/b/g). The wireless card should detect the signal immediately. Because some wireless card software may require some additional procedures and/or setting changes, users should consult the device user's manual, or contact the hardware or software provider for additional assistance.

Users should be aware that there are security, privacy and confidentiality risks inherent in wireless communications and associated technology, and the Court does not make any assurances or warranties relating to such risks. No information you consider confidential should be transmitted via this system. By using the system, you agree to be solely responsible for the content of all information you disseminate. Moreover, by using the Court's wireless Internet access system, users agree that the Court is not liable for any costs or damages, special, incidental or consequential, arising from the use of this service. The Court is not responsible for any materials, information, products or services on the Internet and does not guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of any communication made over the wireless Internet access system.

No technical support of any kind under any circumstances will be provided to any user trying to access the wireless network. While we would like to help, for liability and cost reasons, government personnel are strictly prohibited from handling or troubleshooting users' personal devices. Government personnel will verify the current operational state of the wireless network. As the Court is not providing security, support, or related services, all questions regarding these topics, and whether and how a user should use the service, should be directed to a professional familiar with the user's hardware, software and use policies.

The Court does not warrant that wireless access to the Internet over the Court's system will be uninterrupted, error-free, or free of viruses or other harmful components. Internet access at designated areas is provided only as a courtesy and may not be available at any requested time.

Internet accessibility may be disabled at the discretion of each Judge.

The Court reserves the right to deny or restrict access to any user who abuses the network, such as by excessive bandwidth consumption or by using the network for any type of activity or purpose deemed by the Court to be unlawful, harassing, abusive, criminal or fraudulent. The Court also reserves the right to monitor, intercept and disclose any transmissions over or using our facilities, and to provide user information, or use records, and other related information under certain circumstances (for example, in response to lawful process, orders, subpoenas, or warrants, or to protect the interests of the Court) to appropriate authorities.

Broadcasting or recording judicial proceedings is prohibited.

Users should bring fully charged batteries for their wireless devices because electrical outlets may not be readily available in all areas. Users of courthouse electrical power do so at their risk. The Court is not responsible for any loss, injury or damages resulting from the use of the courthouse electrical power.

Printing is not available via the wireless network.