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RE: National Do Not Call Registry has opened
From: "Christopher J. Wolff" <chris () bblabs com>
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2003 17:21:35 -0700


Don't take it so hard.  The news outlets are portraying the public's
response as so massive and unprecedented that you should be able to spin
that to your advantage.  Remind the naysayers of the hundreds of
thousands of people that were able to register.  You have worked hard to
remove a public nuisance.  Revel in it.

Christopher J. Wolff, VP CIO
Broadband Laboratories, Inc.

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-nanog () merit edu [mailto:owner-nanog () merit edu] On Behalf Of
Callahan, Richard M, SOLGV
Sent: Friday, June 27, 2003 5:01 PM
To: Stephen Sprunk; LeBlanc, Robert
Cc: North American Noise and Off-topic Gripes; nanog () nanog org
Subject: RE: National Do Not Call Registry has opened

Ladies and Gentlemen,

This has been an extremely difficult day for me personally and
professionally due to many issues we had. Without going into the painful
details, let me assure the community my original post was for exactly
for the reason I posted - and we do indeed know how to run a standards
compliant mail system.  A side effect to the problems encountered was an
inability to send a valid IP address among other things to operate the
mail system and instead sending a static LB IP address, which
effectively made all our mail look, as Mr.Sprunk so eloquently phrased,
suspicious looking.

We are over the hump - lost a tremendous amount of credibility and the
opportunity to show "the government at work".  The FTC has put their all
into this project and the associated laws which I would hope all of you
anti-spam police would appreciate.  My apologies to the community for
all the trash email this fiasco has produced, but more so to my customer
for not delivering the quality they deserve.

-----Original Message-----
From: Stephen Sprunk [mailto:stephen () sprunk org]
Sent: Friday, June 27, 2003 6:10 PM
To: LeBlanc, Robert
Cc: Callahan, Richard M, SOLGV; North American Noise and Off-topic
Subject: Re: National Do Not Call Registry has opened

Thus spake "LeBlanc, Robert" <Robert.LeBlanc () savvis net>
"It's very difficult to make the technology work... Spam blockers are
automated and the software rules are arbitrary," he said.

It's a shame the press are putting the blame for this on anti-spam
as it's clear that the DoNotCall.gov people have brought the problem on
themselves by not running a standards-compliant mail system.

What's worse is they knew this was coming and didn't do anything to
it!  It appears Mr. Callahan's message to nanog wasn't to look for
advice on
how not to trigger spam filters -- it was to beg us to add his systems
our whitelists so his suspicious-looking mail would go through.

Looks like a case of "Good enough for government work" in action.


Stephen Sprunk         "God does not play dice."  --Albert Einstein
CCIE #3723         "God is an inveterate gambler, and He throws the
K5SSS        dice at every possible opportunity." --Stephen Hawking

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