Groups Team Up to Fight E-Mail Fee from AOL and Yahoo, Yahoo's Rebuttal
February 28, 2006 2:53 PM
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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 MoveOn.org, 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 MoveOn.org 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.
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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Spam is not going to stop by this
3/1/2006 1:37:07 PM
I don't think this will stop spam and according to the press release this is what they are tying to do. Maybe really there just trying to generate a little revenue i don't know. Legislation hasn't helped out the spam situation either. Do you recieve any less spam? I know i don't. Every time the sue a spammer there are more waiting to take is place and you know what they wont' really stop unless they get caught. Its always peoples mentality that "they aren't gonna catch me". Anyways to stop spam we needed Microsoft/Yahoo/GNU to get back on the ball on the antispam measures that they have been talking about for the last two years that seem to fade as of recently. They need to compromise so we have some kind of way to control spam. Yahoo endorsed Domain Keys i think and microsoft had some other type of technology. We need to get something like this in place but i don't know if we ever will because each company wants to own the rights to this technology. Its the same thing with the fighting back and forth on HD-DVD & BR. I guess we can have a fools hope but who knows if it will ever happen.
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