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From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Fri, 24 Nov 2006 09:36:46 -0500

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From: Robert Alberti <alberti () sanction net>
Date: November 23, 2006 10:43:04 PM EST
To: dave () farber net
Cc: rdv () tera ics keio ac jp
Subject: Re: [IP] IIJ "Improves" their service
Reply-To: alberti () sanction net

On Thu, 2006-11-23 at 20:35 -0500, David Farber wrote:
From: rod van meter <rdv () tera ics keio ac jp>
I suspect many IPers have run into this same problem with their ISP.
How have they handled it?

I switched ISP's, and made sure they knew why.

My former ISP of many years, USFamily.net, arbitrarily instituted a
policy requiring any subscriber SMTP server to route outbound messages
through the USFamily.net SMTP server.  They didn't block outbound SMTP,
but their policy resulted in my being unable to send email to anyone
else at USFamily.net  Unfortunately, my lawyer uses the same ISP, so I
could no longer e-mail my lawyer.

I had no desire to start relaying all my e-mail through their SMTP
server, so I switched to Visi.com. They not only don't limit my access,
but Visi.com set up reverse-DNS resolution for my IP.  Visi's
technicians even assisted me in whitelisting my server with Comcast,
which was blocking my e-mail to my birthmother under a policy that
refused SMTP connections to any IP address identified as being DSL or

My experiences involve two local ISPs in the competitive Minneapolis/St.
Paul market.  When the U.S. is finally divided between only two or three
big players, those ISPs will be able to impose any policies they like,
and we'll have to turn to overseas providers for competitive features.
Robert Alberti, CISSP, ISSMP                       (612) 961-0507 cell
President, Sanction, Inc.                          (612) 486-5000 x211
http://sanction.net                                (612) 486-5000 fax
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