Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Our Open Letter to AOL

AOL (and Yahoo) are wanting to charge for email, by allowing emails to get past the filters they have set up, thus ensuring the emails get delivered.
However, AOL would not have any incentive to keep there spam filters up to date if they implement this plan.
But the economic incentives point the other way: The moment AOL switches to a two-tiered Internet where giant emailers pay for preferential service, AOL will face a simple business choice: spend money to keep regular spam filters up-to-date, or make money by neglecting their spam filters and pushing more senders to pay for guaranteed delivery. Poor delivery of mail turns from being a problem that AOL has every incentive to fix to something that could actually make them money if the company ignores it.
Please consider signing this petition that they have made (also signed by more then 50 organizations, like AFL-CIO, O'Reilly Media, Humane Society of the United States)


Our Open Letter to AOL