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Re: Email peering (Was: Economics of SPAM [Was: Micorsoft's SenderIDAuthentication......?]

  • From: Alex Rubenstein
  • Date: Mon Jun 20 06:34:49 2005

There's no reason why one couldn't build a comparable model for mail, with the SMTP speciality service provider offering "SMTP transit" to a base of trusted customers. This comparatively small number of SMTP speciality provider would then maintain good relations ("peerings") with the comparatively small number of major ISPs. Oh wait -- there are a variety of folks who are already specializing in doing that sort of thing -- it's just that most folks don't need to buy that sort of service (yet).
While this could work, we are mixing a format and content type that is not security sensitive and is used to carry point to multipoint messages (forums?) and media (NNTP), with a format and content type that is highly sensitive, and is generally used to carry point-to-point communications which may contain things like personal or financial information (SMTP).

I am not sure any level of security would make me feel good about passing my emails through a 'peering .. core' of SMTP relays.

However, if we do go in this direction, I plan on firing up my old copies of BinkleyTerm. FIDO and NetMail may be a good place to start :)

(Did I just date myself?)

Alex Rubenstein, AR97, K2AHR, [email protected], latency, Al Reuben
Net Access Corporation, 800-NET-ME-36,