Diverse Groups Team Up to Fight E-Mail Fee
Feb 27, 9:56 PM (ET)
By WILL LESTER
WASHINGTON (AP) – 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.”

This is another move that would never be considered if the concept of ‘Net Nutrality’ were solidly in place, by legal measures if need be, to keep the Interent a level playing field for everyone.

Not to mention the idea that if somebody selling some product that user don’t want pays a fee, AOL & Yahoo are apparently more than willing to guarantee that the user gets this email, even if they, by chosing to activate spam filters has made it clear that they do NOT want unsolicited emails.

All in all, this is another reason why outfits like AOL and Yahoo will never see any of MY money as long as I have ANY choice in the matter.

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