On Thu, Feb 05, 2004 at 10:08:44AM -0800, Bob Atkinson wrote
Asking me to choose between a 24.4 kbps dialup (my phone lines are poor
quality) and a 750 Mbps broadband is only offering a false choice. My
ISP owns me, body and soul. And I'm by no means alone in that situation;
there are millions of others.
Indeed, that is the situation for me personally: I'm stuck with my
cable provider, whether I like them or not, and that's unlikely to
change for decades (my property boundary is a telco central office
boundary, so DSL will never come).
How do they prevent you from having an email account elsewhere?
They prevent it because they own the filtering behavior on outbound
email (port 25 or whatever). They can and do deny or allow me to engage
with other mail addresses entirely at their whim. Concretely, I've been
cut off entirely twice in the last two-ish years.
Haven't you ever heard of smtp-submit (port 587) or ssh-tunneling or a
web interface to email at another ISP ?
Walter Dnes <waltdnes(_at_)waltdnes(_dot_)org>
Email users are divided into two classes;
1) Those who have effective spam-blocking
2) Those who wish they did
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