AOL blocking Wildblue?

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Email sent to AOL addresses is being rejected. AOL says this can be due to a temporary block by the server being used. What can you do about Wildblue not being blocked by AOL?
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Choff

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Robert Mach

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I am having the same problem.
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Choff

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Yes, that’s exactly what I also found and why I’m writing here. The link provided does not work, at least for me. I had no idea how to contact the Wildblue internet provider so I came here and started digging, and then posted this. In the meantime, I learned the work around, using another email provider and I’m still waiting for some one “official” to answer this post. In the meantime, I think I’ll get serious about migrating my main contacts off of Wildblue.
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Jab

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If Viasat contracted with Zimbra, then the onus would be upon Viasat.
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Robert Mach

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I contacted Exede/Wildblue support and this was their reply:  I have checked your email address, and there are no apparent issues on our end. I would suggest contacting AOL to see if they have flagged your email to prevent it from sending emails to their domain.
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AOL stated they are blocking at the server level, not individual email names.  So, Zimbra's SMTP server ID is being blocked, which could represent thousands and thousands of Zimbra's users.

I have no idea of contractual relationship between Zimbra and Viasat, but AOL's policy of taking out thousands and thousands of users coming from same SMTP server, due to spam bots, suggest their IT department (or bean counters) are taking the easiest/cheapest means to eradicate this issue.

Imho, Denver's support team should call corporate, and let them know.  This has nothing to do with your email address.  AOL is to blame for blanket rejects from a SMTP server.

Viasat had previously contracted with Gmail, but apparently, the price was too much, for a good email service. Zimbra like Facebook sucks...Gmail is better imho, for a free service.  With a corporate account, Gmail does not sift thru messages.

FWIW - Oct 1, 2015  The price of free: how Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Google sell you to advertisers
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Blame the spammers and/or those with nefarious intentions.  Similar things happen with Hughes email addresses, as well.  They may be blocking the domain due to suspicious activity.  It happens more often that you'd think. 
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The joys of the third party email provided by Viasat.

I don't blame Viasat. But it would be a lot better if they didn't give an email address out at all.
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RE: " it would be a lot better if they didn't give an email address out at all."

Last I knew, just about all major/minor ISPs provide email for their users.  NRTC (Coop/Rea users with Viasat service) still have email, Usenet, and a free web page to setup).

Viasat suggesting Zimbra for email services was not a good idea:  Synacor owns Zimbra, and their privacy policy states,

Cookies and Web Beacons - Technologies such as cookies, beacons, tags, scripts and other similar technologies are used by Synacor and/or our advertising partners, affiliates, analytics and service providers

And Web Beacons Track You on the Web and in Emails
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I don't really care if all ISP's give out email addresses, and I didn't ask for your opinion about it.
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Don’t start a controversy on this, I just wanted to see if anyone knew what happened and why. From what I gathered reading another thread the work around is use a different service to email AOL addresses. I’m living out in the middle of no where so Wildblue is about as good as it gets unless I use a web based email address. Guess I should start shifting stuff off of Wildblue.
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Not a controversy. But you would be wise to transition to Gmail or Yahoo mail. You will be better off in the long run. I dumped the Viasat provided email address over six years ago, and have no regrets.
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I’m sure you are right. I already have both of those for other reasons. The Yahoo is a mess now days thanks to their breech, all the junk that now shows up. My gmail address is too much like several others with a similar name so I’m reluctant to use it for more than the “throw away” mail that I get when I have to give an email address. I do have a college affiliated one that I should start using since I know someday when I move the Wildblue will disappear, or should. Despite not being affiliated with Cox now for many years, I still get junk on that one!
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My phone number is hosted by Google Voice. I can change phone companies whenever I want without fear of losing my number.
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It's a matter of preference. I still have my old Wildblue email that autoforwards any emails that still go to it. I just never send anything out of it It didn't take long though for a new email address to populate to my contacts.

But you are right. Once you leave Viasat, that email is gone anyhow. That's what people don't get. Do they think they are going to have the same ISP for the next several decades?
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Diana, Viasat Employee

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Hello Choff,  There is an issue with wildblue.net email being blocked.  This has been escalated and we are working on resolving the issue soon. 
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Choff

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Thank you for a response and acknowledgement of the problem. Will we know when you have resolved it?
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Matt B, Viasat Employee

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Unfortunately no, we don't have a resolution estimation.  We received an update yesterday, indicating they are approaching a solution, but nothing solid.