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[ NNSquad ] DNS Redirection: The Plot Thickens

Well, responses continue to arrive from my query regarding DNS
redirection/diversion experiences.  Frankly, I'm receiving enough
conflicting data at this point regarding "non-standard" DNS behavior
(for TW, Verizon, and now HughesNet) that really definitive
statements regarding any of these will need to wait for a bit at

A few facets seem clear though.  ISPs are rapidly deploying
DNS diversion "services" of various forms, sometimes as part of site
filtering services, but more often clearly as a monetization tool to
divert users to ISP-partnered search sites.  

The techniques being employed to this end seem to vary significantly,
as do opt-out procedures (when the latter are available -- these
sometimes involve setting a browser cookie, which of course would not
be effective for non-http applications).  The ability to set client
DNS settings directly to effectively bypass these systems also
appears to vary, and this is among the most conflicting of the
reports I've received so far on this topic.

ISPs also appear to vary widely in their willingness to publicize
the extent to which opt-outs are available, and in some cases are
seemingly providing incorrect information (e.g. Verizon, who
apparently recently removed the most visible pages explaining this,
and whose tech support is reportedly providing different callers
with wildly different stories about the DNS situation).

Also, in all cases that I've learned of so far, these "services" have
been implemented on a default, rather than opt-in basis, and there
are obviously many confused and upset subscribers attempting to
puzzle these issues out for themselves in various public forums.

More info to come, as warranted ...

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