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IIC Internet Virtual servers

The stupid language of these service agreements is just that, stupid,
but legally necessary. 
What they really don't want is for people to be running IRC and game
servers. The original intent is not to prevent you from running a low
volume SMTP server and Web Server. But, there is some validity. How
many people would set up Windows with an unpatched IIS web server. (Now
called PWS). 

Cable TV systems used to have a valid technical reason because the Cable
TV reverse channels were very restrictive since they were designed for
cable TV use, not Internet, but now most cable companies bring fibre to
your neighborhood, just not to your house. It is a stupider argument
for FIOS that terminates in your house. 

But, the answer to James is that he can use Verizon's web services, or
set up his web server on a non-standard port if only he is using it. 

 On Thu, 12 Apr 2007 09:16:28 -0400
Matthew Gillen <me at> wrote:

> Jerry Feldman wrote:
> > From the Verizon web site:
> > "Verizon FiOS Internet Service consumer packages include 10 MB of
> > personal Web space. The consumer offers do not permit customers to host
> > any type of server, personal or commercial".
> That's sort of ridiculous.  I know these are lawyers writing this and not
> technical people, but technically an (non-passive) ftp client acts as a server
> for the data channel.  I'm sure there are lots of other examples of "consumer"
> software that actually use some sort of server port on the "client-side" in
> their protocol.
> Even if I can close my eyes to the dumbness of the words used, I can't
> understand the the motivation behind the intent of the statement.  Why do they
> want to restrict customers?  Does it cost them money?  Or are they just afraid
> you'll actually use the amount of bandwidth that they're advertising is
> available to you...

Jerry Feldman <gaf at>
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