Verizon Filters Ports 80 and 25

August 11, 2008 at 3:52 PM

The gracious hosts of this server have recently upgraded to Verizon FiOS, which should have been a great boon to; however, Verizon filters ports 80 and 25. This is why, dear reader, I have reconfigured my blog to live on port 8080. Apparently, these ports are only used for "business purposes", and businesses need to pay more. While I now have more bandwidth, I am also greatly impaired in my ability to use it.

This further polarizes my beliefs about business rules and technology, which can be summarized as, "don't interfere, you incompetent nincompoops!" I could spend an inordinate amount of time and energy dissecting the various facets of idiocy I have uncovered attempting to obtain an ISP at my new apartment. To peel back the layers of tampering, throttling, and filtering from this proverbial onion would make even the most stalwart vegetable cutter cry. I read through the fine, disingenuous print of each company's TOS, and each time it is like turning on the shower and receiving a cascade of putrescent sewage. Each one of these companies is a moldering, pus-filled lesion on the face of the internet.

So, please: clean up your acts. Bandwidth should not be accompanied by throttles, filters, or intermittent magical interference. If I have a service plan advertised at a speed of 3.0 megabits per second, I expect:

  1. That this speed is consistent — it doesn't change unless there is a problem with the service, and problems ought not to be expected.
  2. The bandwidth I purchase can be used across the entirety of the OSI model. This means no monkeying with anything — very similar to the consistency requirement from point 1.
  3. Since there are 2,592,000 seconds in a 30-day period, I expect to be able to download approximately 949.22 gigabytes of data in a 30-day period. Of course, the same "problems" disclaimer applies here — of course I don't expect 5 nines of uptime, or even 3.


I'm aware that Verizon is the only brand with which I am associating this vituperation, and I don't think that's entirely fair. Verizon's port filtering leans towards the innocuous end of the moldering, pus-filled lesion spectrum — it's a few orders of magnitude less despicable than some of the despicable things being done by ISPs. However, it happens to be the particular lesion that I am faced with looking at, and so I will not forgo associating their name with their actions.