I still access to my bellsouth.net and aol.com email address and I haven't been with AT&T or AOL for years. If an ISP holds your e-mail access contingent upon subscription then they are quite shady and something should be done.
"No, no, I don't mind being called the smartest man in the world. I just wish it wasn't this one." -- Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias, WATCHMEN