Sonic.net is an Amazing ISP

Posted on February 17, 2011

When I moved to San Francisco I looked around for the best indie ISP I could find. Yeah, I get fliers from Comcast and AT&T just about every week but anyone in the know should know that this shit sandwich pair have terrible customer service and politics that could set the Internet back to, well, to dark times never before experienced in the US.

I chose Sonic.net because they take a deliciously hands-off approach to the Internet, they have excellent customer service, and rock-solid DSL lines with good upload speeds.

This weekend I set up a Tor exit node on my home connection. I've run Tor nodes before, but never an exit node. The political situation around the world inspires me to try to help keep information flowing any way I can. Per Tor's recommendations I sent an email to my ISP letting them know what I was doing. I wasn't sure what to expect back. But here's what I received:

Hi Dan, 

We are familiar with Tor, and it falls within our acceptable use policy. I've noted this on 
your account, and we'll do our best to keep this in mind if a DMCA complaint is sent our way. 

Regards, 
Employee X
Sonic.net Support

Wow. Would Comcast be that cool? Fuck no. Would AT&T be that cool? Probably not. I'm so impressed. So suck it, big Internet. We still have alternatives.

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