[olug] OT: Qwest's latest anti spam policy

Sam Tetherow tetherow at shwisp.net
Fri Jan 13 18:14:36 UTC 2006

If Qwest persues the policy they will have people leaving them in 
droves.  Think about it.  Grandma gets a new computer and high speed 
internet to see pictures of the grandkids.  The next, latest and 
greatest MS exploit comes out and grandma's machine gets hacked and a 
trojan is put in place, before anyone notices 5,000 emails have gone out 
and Grandma gets a bill from Qwest for $25K.

The fact that it may or may not hold up in court is irrelevant when 
Grandma has to come up with the lawyer fees to fight it in court which 
will surely run her more than $25K when all is said and done.  In my 
opinion this is a PR disaster waiting to happen for Qwest.

    Sam Tetherow
    Sandhills Wireless

Eli Criffield wrote:

>I like the policy, If you are sending out spam you should pay damages.
>And if you think well who is qwest to say whats spam and whats not
>trust me there will be lots of lawyers and judges involved before
>anyone collects anything. (I drought they will ever collect, but its
>just in there "just in case"). And that goes for if you get a virus
>and its sending out spam too, that is also your fault.
>I don't know what there policy is on port 25 usage but I'd much rather
>have the "We'll sue you if you spend spam" policy then coxs, "you
>can't connect on port 25 and no one can connect to you on port 25
>On 1/12/06, Don E. Kauffman <dekauff at cox.net> wrote:
>>EmailBattles has an article about Qwest's antispam policy. Not sure
>>which misguided morons in Qwest thought this one up!
>>"When the US Federal Communications Commission released broadband
>>providers to pursue their own interests, much of the business community
>>cheered. Finally, we would see unbridled competition between telcos,
>>cable and wireless providers.
>>Qwest, the company who's motto is Spirit of Service, has provided the
>>first hint of coming changes with its revised Acceptable Use Agreement.
>>In essence, it says if your Internet connection is in any way connected
>>with spam... and Qwest can't figure out a better way to charge you...
>>it's going to cost you five bucks for each message:"
>>For the rest of the story:
>>Secure your connections!
>>FWIW. I was thinking about switching to Qwest DSL but with this kind of
>>policy -- I DON"T THINK SO!!
>>Don Kauffman
>>"VISTA is really an acronym for Viruses, Infections, Spyware,
>>Trojans, and Adware."
>>Quote from R. Cringely, Infoworld writer
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