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
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? :-)