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Port 80 being unblocked on FIOS

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MarkHofmann
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Port 80 being unblocked on FIOS

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I was wondering if anyone could confirm that Verizon is going to stop blocking port 80 inbound for residential customers?  It would make for a great move to remove that block in my opinion - which is normally one of the pet-peeves when comparing Verizon to Comcast.  I don't see where running non-business web applications (security camera, sharing family photos, etc) would be a problem.  

 

If anyone knows any change on this for sure, I'd greatly appreciate it.  My neighborhood should be ready for FIOS later this year and would love to make the switch!

 

- Mark 

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You can always set those devices to different ports and have them work so port 80 shouldnt be an issue. I havent heard any reports of this changing either.
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Yes, there has been postings that Verizon is going to start unblocking port 80. I have not heard if there is a timeline but it is supposed to happen in the near future. However, the one post I did see about it is that Verizon is going to update the Terms of Service to say that you are not allowed to run a public web server on a residential acct. The only way to enforce this would be to start monitoring the lines. I dont like this idea myself. I dont like the idea that my connection will be monitored. Not that I'm doing anything illegal or that would embarass me, but its no ones business what I do on my own computer. I'd rather they didnt unblock it unless it was requested but we will see.



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MarkHofmann
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True, the port can be changed/cloaked using a service like dyndns.org.  I actually have tested that method and it works rather well - but some search engines don't update properly once you change the port from 80.  The entire port 80 block is more of an annoyance than a problem in reality.  

 

I had heard from several sources that Verizon was planning on removing that block on port 80 - but just seeing if anyone else could confirm this and/or have a time table as to when it would be removed.  There are locations right now that have confirmed that the port 80 block has been removed - that were previously blocked.  

 

Personal websites (that are not for profit, not related to any business, and strickly a hobby) should be allowed without having to go through hoops.  While Comcast has it's own set of issues, they do allow that service for residential customers.  I just think this would be a big plus for Verizon to get rid of the port 80 saga once and for all.

 

If someone is violating the acceptable use by running a business site or otherwise money making type of site, they should be forced to upgrade to a business type of service.

 

As a possible soon to be Verizon FIOS customer, it doesn't sit well with me that ports can be blocked for legitimate non-business use.  I'm just trying to get some clarity into this so that I can make a good decision.

 

 - Mark

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Amazing -- my port 80 isn't being blocked today!

 

PS: How come this spell checker doesn't know about FIOS or FiOS?

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You wouldn't happen to be in Maryland would you?  I have not heard anyone from MD that doesn't have port 80 blocked.  It is good that you don't seem to have the block in your area.  We can only hope that becomes the norm.  I don't think the people that make these decisions realize how many additional customers they would have if they stopped crippling services. 

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