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[ NNSquad ] Re: Is network unneutrality necessarily bad?
There are ways of doing this right - check out what sonic.net does. They offer three *user selectable* levels of blocking for things like port 25 and netbios as well as a wide open option for people (like me) who run their own mail servers. Full info here http://www.sonic.net/features/firewall/
This brings up an interesting question. What about deliberate blocking for virii, bots, etc? For instance, many ISPs now block port 25 outbound to all but the local mail server. Other ISPs block the Netbios protocols.
Personally, I think those blocks help in many cases. I'm not sure there are legitimate reasons to use Netbios across the Internet, and port 587 is acceptable for MSA support.
[ John's last point relates directly my previous comments about privacy and security. In general, courts have been setting a much lower threshold for outside access to e-mail on third-party servers than for e-mail stored on systems under users' direct control where e-mail merely transited third-party systems. This doesn't mean using third party mail services is inappropriate (some are very powerful) but the option should be up to each individual user. When port 25 is blocked, exercising the option of running your own mail servers becomes extremely difficult. And frankly, I reject the notion that only "business class" users should have that capability, not well-behaved consumer class users. Perhaps a more honest way for restricted Internet services to be marketed would be as "Internet Light" or some such.
-- Lauren Weinstein NNSquad Moderator ]