2/28/2006

Diverse Groups Team Up to Fight E-Mail Fee

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 2:37 am

A variety of interest groups have joined forces to fight a proposed bulk e-mailing fee they claim strikes at the heart of online communication — a level playing field for rich and poor.

America Online plans to introduce a service that would charge businesses and other bulk e-mailers a fee to route their e-mail directly to a user’s mailbox without first passing through junk mail filters. Yahoo has announced similar plans.

“The creativity and ingenuity that have driven the Internet have always relied on an open platform where the haves and have-nots get treated equally,” said Eli Pariser, executive director of MoveOn.org Civic Action. “This e-mail tax system is a big step toward dismantling that system.”

The alliance protesting the move includes liberal activist group MoveOn, the conservative activist group RightMarch.com, the U.S. Humane Society, labor and environmental groups and online medical communities.

AOL spokesman Nicholas Graham replied: “No matter what the political rhetoric is, AOL will remain resolute in our pursuit of improving e-mail safety and security in doing what is right for our members. That simply is not going to change.

Source: AP

 

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