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Fairpoint Preps For Final Verizon Switchover
Poor wording of webmail transition alert seems to confuse some...
by Karl Bode 10:59AM Sunday Dec 28 2008 Tipped by wvcaver See Profile
Fairpoint is getting ready for the repeatedly delayed complete takeover of Verizon's DSL and landline networks in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine. Customers are being informed via e-mail that they'll only be able to access their AOL/Yahoo/MSN Verizon webmail until February 6, after which they'll have to log into www.MyFairpoint.net for ISP e-mail. Interestingly, a clumsily worded notice and follow up report on this by the Rutland Herald seems to have convinced Slashdot readers that Fairpoint is violating network neutrality by blocking access to third party webmail services. That's not the case -- Verizon customers are simply losing access to IMAP-based ISP-email through third party webmail vendors.

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pnh102
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Email Issues In This Day and Age?

It still surprises me that people in this day and age continue to rely on their ISP for email. With all of the free alternatives out there, like Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo Mail, why would anyone want to be attached to ISP email and all the hassles that come with it?
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Re: Email Issues In This Day and Age?

They don't know any better...

Remember the Internet is Plug n Pray.

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I agree about decoupling email from ISP, that is one of the reasons I registered a domain name years ago.

However if email persistence it not important there is nothing wrong with using your ISP mail account and it provides one-stop shopping. It is easy for some of us to overlook just how overwhelming Internet access can be. Great strides have been made to make it easier but to the uninitiated it is still a pretty daunting task. As far as Portals are concerned I've never used one so I'm hard pressed to say what the advantage is.

From the FairPoint brochure I received the only thing changing is email domain name, and folks using portals will no longer be able to access email from the portal. FairPoint is migrating settings, even passphase to new environment.

What I found interesting is there is no mention about changing PPPoE log in. That means FairPoint is either moving to open PPPoE or will continue to accept Verizon as the domain name.

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said by pnh102:

It still surprises me that people in this day and age continue to rely on their ISP for email. With all of the free alternatives out there, like Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo Mail, why would anyone want to be attached to ISP email and all the hassles that come with it?
I keep 2 Comcast email addresses - 1 for communication from Comcast about official policy changes, etc(my original email addr from 8 yrs ago) and 1 I use when I never want to see email from web page signups(that mail all goes in to the bit bucket).

I use Gmail for all my personal email needs and forward the 1 official Comcast mail addr to that.
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English Please

"Verizon customers are simply losing access to IMAP-based ISP-email through third party webmail vendors." Maybe its lost in translation but how is this not blocking access to third pary webmail services? I am googling "IMAP" and it reads like customers of Fairpoint will lose functionality. Clarify please in english what is not being lost.