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Re: [anti-spam-wg] AOL, Yahoo to start charging for the ability to pass mail filters

  • From: Walter Ian Kaye walter@localhost
  • Date: Mon, 6 Feb 2006 11:55:34 -0800

At 12:57p +0100 02/06/2006, Mally Mclane didst inscribe upon an electronic papyrus:

AOL to charge fee as way to cut spam
By Jon Swartz, USA TODAY
SAN FRANCISCO . America Online will begin charging businesses to send commercial e-mail to its users in the first wide-scale use of authenticated e-mail to reduce spam. But some marketers affected by the plan, set to start in several weeks, call it e-mail taxation designed to create a new stream of revenue for AOL. The certified e-mail system would require advertisers to pay $2 to $3 per 1,000 messages. The plan is optional, though AOL and its tech partner, Goodmail Systems, cannot guarantee that all non-certified e-mail with Web links and images will be delivered.

AOL restricting multipart mail? Even though some of their own software is incapable of sending plain text? Gee.

E-mail of approved companies will come with digital tokens recognized by AOL security defenses.

Unjoejobable tokens? :-)