In article <20040610020644.GI6816@arctic.org> you write:
Does anybody else know of other cable/DSL providers that simply block
outbound port 25?
Many of 'em do. If your contract says you can run servers on
your connection, then you should call and complain.
On the other hand, if Charter prohibits running servers on your
connection...well, you get what you pay for.
What does whether you can run a server have to do with
*initiating* SMTP traffic.
As for the original question. Optus blocks but if you call
customer support they will remove the block with a warning
"if you spam we will block it" which is reasonable based
on the published AUP. Yes they also added the block w/o
informing anyone. I would be calling Charter and asking
for the block to be removed.