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  • From: Sam (Walter) Gailey
  • Date: Thu Dec 09 14:24:55 2004

Title: Service Contracts

Hi all,

Hopefully this is not too off-topic; I'm looking for guidance in penalty clauses in service contract agreements. I run a small WAN for a town. We have an internet T-1, an internal frame T-1, five point-to-point T-1's and a small smattering of PVC's and low-bandwidth frame lines. I know we're small change, but I've had lines down for as long as four days and gotten little more than an apology from our current provider. Our contract expires soon and I'd like the next one to have a few more teeth, as in "if you're down for X hours you owe the customer a credit of X dollars."

Is this common practice?  What are typical penalty clauses like? Any guidance would be welcome, off-list is fine, I will summarize if people are interested.