Outgoing SMTP Servers

William Herrin bill at herrin.us
Thu Oct 27 19:31:28 UTC 2011

On Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 1:50 PM, Robert Bonomi <bonomi at mail.r-bonomi.com> wrote:
> On Thu, 27 Oct 2011 13:53:34 -0000, Brian Johnson said:
>> As a small regional provider, implementing a "sane" port 25 filter has
>> saved us a lot of money and customer headaches over the years.
>> It is interesting that some people who fully understand that the Internet is
>> composed of many networks run by people with different interests can say what
>> is best for the Internet as a whole. How my organization (or yours or anybody
>> else's) runs our network, is between us and our paying users.
> That claim is true *ONLY* to the extent that 'how your organization runs
> your network' does _not_ have an adverse effect on other peoples networks.

What I *prevent* from entering or leaving my network is *my business*,
between me and my customers.

What I allow to leave my network can become yours.

As with all rules, there's at least one exception: the monopoly or
duopoly vendor has an obligation to ensure that restrictions don't
abuse his position in the market. Nevertheless, "Mr. Small Business,
you shouldn't be blocking that packet, it's bad for the Internet," is
not for you or anyone else to say.

Bill Herrin

William D. Herrin ................ herrin at dirtside.com  bill at herrin.us
3005 Crane Dr. ...................... Web: <http://bill.herrin.us/>
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