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The decision by AOL and Yahoo to charge a bulk e-mailing fee has not been well received by many

Several public interest groups and nonprofit organizations, including Gun Owners of America, Association of Cancer Online Resources and, are joining together to battle the decision by America Online and Yahoo to charge a bulk e-mailing fee.  The "certified e-mail" service would attach "tokens" to some e-mails in which senders would have to pay between one-quarter of 1 cent and 1 cent for each message sent.  These e-mails will bypass spam filters and be sent directly into a user's inbox. 

The fee will be a disadvantage to "charities, small businesses and even families with mailing lists that will have no guarantee their e-mail will be delivered," said Adam Green, a spokesman for Civic Action, the group's nonpolitical arm. "The magic of the Internet is that it is free and open to everybody so small ideas can become big ideas."

AOL users can look forward to these certified e-mails in the next 30 days or so.  It is not currently known when Yahoo will begin offering certified e-mails to its users.

Update 02/28/2006: Since publication of this article, Yahoo! representatives have contacted us with more information.

"Companies can continue to send e-mail to Yahoo! Mail users at no cost in exactly the same way they always have, and we are not planning to require payment to ensure delivery to our users. In the coming months, Yahoo! will test an optional certified e-mail program based on 'transactional' messages only, such as bank statements and purchase receipts, as an additional layer of protection against e-mail identity theft scams known as phishing attacks," said Karen Mahon, Yahoo! spokesperson.

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AOL ain't free...
By MScrip on 2/28/2006 4:55:07 PM , Rating: 2
Yahoo mail is a free service, so I can understand "their servers, their way, etc..." But millions of people actually PAY to have an AOL e-mail address! And now this happens?

AOL doesn't care about its customers. AOL makes money from subscribers, and now, AOL will make extra money from spammers.

But, this announcement will benefit every other ISP... I hope AOL members will finally switch because of this.

I can see it now... "switch to Earthlink... we have spam filters... and goddamit, they work!"

It will be a sad day if more ISPs and DSL/cable companies also sell your inbox to spammers...:(

RE: AOL ain't free...
By masher2 on 2/28/2006 5:18:16 PM , Rating: 1
Which part of "AOL is not offering this service to spammers" do you not understand?

RE: AOL ain't free...
By MScrip on 2/28/2006 8:41:23 PM , Rating: 2
...senders would have to pay for each message sent. These e-mails will bypass spam filters and be sent directly into a user's inbox.

The article is talking about BULK senders paying a fee to avoid the spam-filter so their messages go into inboxes. Who exactly are bulk senders anyway?

I know all bulk senders are not considered spammers... some are legitimate companies. But come on... how long will it take for spammers to figure out how to become "AOL Certified?"

No one wants spam, right? Spam filters make people happy, right? But now bulk senders who pay a fee can avoid the filter and still get to your inbox. That's not right!

RE: AOL ain't free...
By masher2 on 2/28/06, Rating: -1
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