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RE: AOL rejecting mail from IP's w/o reverse DNS ?

  • From: Tony Hain
  • Date: Thu Dec 04 13:50:25 2003

Michael.Dillon@radianz.com wrote:
> ...
> It's not the reverse DNS itself that is meaningful. It is the
> fact that the SMTP server operator with proper IN PTR records
> probably has the cooperation of their ISP.

This is a broken model. People that are buying high level services should
expect those to be delivered correctly, but those who are buying bit
transport should not be required to obtain additional services to become
fully functional. It is nice to fantasize that the ISP is in control, but
time has shown that people will do what it takes to make their service work.
If that means pushing the service provider into further irrelevance, they
will. Rather than trying to break service for the antonymous network by
requiring consent from the cabal, the service providers need to be making it
easier and cheaper to get the desired results from their service. 

Tony