TOS (AUP) Question: Server Hosting

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Ok... So I was reading over some of the TOS (hopefully that is what it is called) and I have a question reguarding section X I believe about server connections.

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The reason for such questioning is that my cousin (he is 12) is wanting to get into computer programming especially the Raspberry Pi. On their site they have a "Network Messaging" python application which does as such... BUT I wanted to help teach him how to use it as well as build it with him... The question is am I allowed to port forward a server connection (with proper modifications to the program of course) so him and I can build it?

I guess on a much, much more simple explanation. He wants to learn programming and him and I thought this would be a good project. But with him living no where near me it would be better to host the server from my house and he connects to is to complete the project. So with that being in mind am I allowed by the TOS to do as such?
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Hosting a server is prohibited by the acceptable use policy. Consider using GitHub as a shared source code repository:
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Christopher, I'm getting more information for you and will have an answer shortly.
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It would seem reasonable that a server with a single client would be permitted, but I guess it depends on how the TOS is written, and interpreted.
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Christopher, checked in with a few folks here and the use that you're describing does not violate ViaSat’s Acceptable Use Policy. You're good to go.

Good for you teaching your cousin how to do this stuff, Raspberry Pi are great. (I had to look up the plural of Raspberry Pi - it's apparently the same.) Have fun!