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Re: Fun new policy at AOL
From: "Stephen J. Wilcox" <steve () telecomplete co uk>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2003 21:58:29 +0100 (BST)

On Thu, 28 Aug 2003, Matthew Crocker wrote:

Shouldn't customers that purchase IP services from an ISP use the ISPs
mail server as a smart host for outbound mail?

Shouldn't. There are privacy implications of having mail to be recorded
(even temporarily) at someone's disk drive.

If your ISP violates your privacy or has a privacy policy you don't 
like, find another one.
If your ISP doesn't allow your domain through, attachments of a certain 
size or quantity of RCPT TOs, find another one.
If the ISP is too restrictive you can't do what you want, find another 
If the ISP isn't restrictive and your IP gets black holed because of 
another customer, find another one.
The market will decide what is acceptable.

If one ISP (Demon has been mentioned) has the ability for end users on static 
IPs to smtp to other major ISPs (AOL has been mentioned) but lots of other ISPs 
cant send mail from end users to these major ISPs .. arent these major ISPs 
producing an anti-competitive market?


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