comcast website's

Neil Cherry ncherry at
Wed Feb 20 23:52:51 UTC 2008

Bob Kinney wrote:
> --- Todd Zullinger <tmz at> wrote:
>> Bob Kinney wrote:
>>> I use Comcast also, and host my web site via my always-on
>>> connection-- from inside my home.  This gives you the freedom to
>>> make your site how YOU want it.  You own it, you control it.
>> And this is a violation of the comcast terms of service agreement last
>> time I read it.  Whether you, they, or anyone else cares is another
>> matter. ;)
> I did take a look at that, and I believe it says that I cannot host a 
> *commercial* site.

I believe when I last read it you weren't allowed to have servers.
In fact here's the exact line:

b. Prohibited Uses of HSI. You agree not to use HSI for operation as an
    Internet service provider, a server site for ftp, telnet, rlogin, e-mail
    hosting, "Web hosting" or other similar applications, for any business
    enterprise, or as an end-point on a non-Comcast local area network or
    wide area network.

It's oddly worded but I think what they mean is that you aren't allowed
to have a server that servers people outside your immediate network.

I'd sill argue that it's saying that you can't server you own LAN
as it's a 'non-Comcast local area network'. But they don't control
my home network and will never get me to shutdown my LAN services
on my private LAN.

>>> I'd like to set up my own mail server for my domain, too, but
>>> initial tests show that Comcast, in my area anyway, blocks outbound
>>> traffic destined to port 25 (SMTP).  After one laughably ridiculous
>>> conversation with their tech support, I haven't pursued it further.
>> Even if comcast didn't block outbound port 25 you'd find that many
>> other mail servers would not accept your mail because it was coming
>> from a known dynamic IP address pool.
> Yeah, I suppose most mailers use some sort of blacklist these days.

Just use Google, to get mail use fetchmail, to send use sendmail:

I'm pretty sure the fetchmail info is on there too. I have my own
smtp service with my web hosting that is no associated with Comcast.

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