Email Portability Approved by Knesset Committee

Dorn Hetzel dhetzel at
Mon Feb 22 16:26:56 UTC 2010

I am sure the various carriers faced with the onset of Local Number
Portability and WLNP in this part of the world would have been happy to
escape with only forwarding phone calls for 3 months.

Alas, such was not their fate :)

I would watch out for this idea, it might actually catch on in various
places, warts and all...

On Mon, Feb 22, 2010 at 11:24 AM, Robert Brockway
<robert at>wrote:

> On Mon, 22 Feb 2010, James Jones wrote:
>  Why does this seem like a really bad idea?
> While I think the principal is noble there are operational problems:
> 1) Large and increasing quantity of email will be forwarded between Israeli
> ISPs, loading their networks with traffic that could have been avoided.
> 2) Every time someone changes ISP and wants to continue using this address
> they will need to notify their original ISP, who they may not have had a
> business relationship with for many years.  This will be a significant
> operational challenge I expect.  How do you confirm the person notifying you
> is the real owner of the address, for example?
> IMHO it would have been better to require the ISPs to forward the email for
> a reasonable period of time (say 3 months) to allow the user to make
> relevant notifications (or just stop using an ISP bound email address).
> Unfortunately the links cited are in Hebrew so I'm only going on Gadi's
> report here.
> Cheers,
> Rob
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