Toronto Hydro launches free wireless network (for spammers)

September 8th, 2006

OK, maybe not for spammers, but I’m no more likely to believe that they’re taking efforts to prevent email abuse than that they are not.

Canada.com: Toronto Hydro rolls out wireless in continental first

Toronto Hydro Telecom launched its downtown WiFi project yesterday, offering full wireless Internet access throughout the financial district, with plans to have all of Toronto covered in three years.

Yesterday Toronto Hydro launched their wireless service, which they are providing for free until March 6, 2007. Hopefully they’re taking measures to prevent email (and other) abuse by doing things like port 25 blocking or throttling/limiting, otherwise this makes about as much sense as Google providing free WiFi to Nigerians. Heck in years of dealing with the public I’ve learnt that free anything is always going to be abused.

At least this is currently only in the financial district, so it shouldn’t be open to too much abuse from spammers sitting at home. Then again, some spammers make so much money that they can probably easily afford to live in the financial district, so watch out.

If anyone knows what address space this network is using or knows what is or isn’t being blocked, please let me know.

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