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Open relaying business model

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  • From: Rodney Tillotson < >
  • Date: Mon, 5 Oct 1998 11:03:47 +0100

(was: Re: People forging their From: addresses)

At 10:15 am +0100 05/10/1998, Piet Beertema replied to Ulf Vedenbrant:

>     I guess that regarding relay problem the X.400 world actually
>     has something to learn the SMTP world.. The sender normally pays..

> This issue has been discussed at length ages ago.
> Changing the whole SMTP world is not an option.

No, but leaving Internet mail (in its present form) as a bulk mail
service and working out a managed service in the same Internet is a real
option, and one which solves nearly all the problems in the medium term.

This is not reopening technology wars -- it doesn't matter what transfer
technology you use for either service. It's a _business_ issue and the
business model in which users pay service providers for their mail (yes,
probably to send it) leaves less room for mail abuse as we now have it.

I haven't got a technology problem, but a _business_ problem. There are
plenty of people who enjoy talking about both the technology and the
philosophy of Internet Freedom, and half of them are spammers :)


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