Saturday, February 04, 2006

Postage Is Due for Companies Sending E-Mail - New York Times

Postage Is Due for Companies Sending E-Mail

AOL and Yahoo apparently are looking to send out their "heavys". These two companies are proposing to have a preferred message system where the sender spends .25 to 1 cent per message to bypass the spam filters of their users. Between this and phone companies like AT&T (formerly SBC) and BellSouth which are looking for multitiered bandwidth solutions both from the end users, but also from the web providers.

All of these models go against the initial concept of the internet and the freedom of information. The internet was created to share information between universities, government entities, and other individuals. Let's hope that people react and let these providers know that this tiering and preferential treatment for those that will pay the "protection" system that this will not be acceptable on the Internet.


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