On Mon, 8 Jan 2007, Jason LEWIS wrote:
Actually, they do get money from their own customers for external mail.
If I were a customer of bigisp.example.com, and they started blocking my
incoming email, I would change to another one.
Well, that is why I am not paying for bigisp mail service - because
I can't manually go through the 11000 emails addressed to my mailbox
daily. (Also, I like having my own domain - but many commercial mail
services already offer that.) The best solution for those not wanting
to run their own MTA seems to be ala carte - buy IMAP service, DNS service,
and spam filtering service (from e.g. spamsoap.com). But that in itself
requires some technical knowledge.
The solution ordinary end-users take is to switch ISPs. Yes, *every week*
I get an email from a friend using some bigisp who says, "There is so
much spam in my mailbox that I can't read my real mail, so I am changing
ISPs. Here is my new email ..."
So, in reality, by NOT rejecting invalid mail, big ISPs are losing customers.
But, I guess they don't care because they get just as many back that are
switching from some other big ISP.
Stuart D. Gathman <stuart(_at_)bmsi(_dot_)com>
Business Management Systems Inc. Phone: 703 591-0911 Fax: 703 591-6154
"Confutatis maledictis, flammis acribus addictis" - background song for
a Microsoft sponsored "Where do you want to go from here?" commercial.
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