Verizon doesn’t like people to run home web servers, so they decided to block Port 80.
Yes, it’s true. In all my excitement I failed to test my inbound port 80 for a few days after getting my new Verizon Internet connection installed. But alas it’s true. Verizon doesn’t like people to run home web servers, so they decided to block Port 80.
After speaking with Verizon for ~5 hours and talking with dozens of techs and managers (half of whom didn’t even know what a computer was), I discovered that IF you want incoming Port 80 opened, you need to buy a static IP on a Business account. For me, that would have been ~ $135.00 a month. Being that I only use my home web servers for Family Galleries (lots and lots of photos and movies which I don’t want to pay hosting fees for), I definitely didn’t need it. So after about 15 minutes of DNS and Apache reconfiguration, my family site was once again back on the air, thanks to DNS redirection and port 8080. The G-Parents could once again get to the Family site.
All in all, very annoying. So, if anyone out there is running a site from home using DSL or Cable, you better think long and hard before cutting over to FIOS! You will need to either use a new port for your site (Search Engines don’t index anything other than port 80) or find a hosting provider to host your site.