|Received:||3/20/2004 12:43:48 PM|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
If I have requested store coupon print-off permission from a manufacturer, I should assume that subsequent e-mail message to be primarily commercial, as are traditional coupon sources. Commercial messages from such part-time business persons as Avon or Tupperware representatives should not be considered as worthy of avoidance as unrequested spam. I would be willing to pay sender's ISP for the right to send e-mail messages as long as all message senders pay the same per-item rate. This would require some system for stopping Spam that hasn't been paid for. If the money isn't going to the government then the free market should probably suffice to ensure this payment does't become opressively high. A decision will have to be made about e-mail from government accounts, such as schools, the executive branch, etc. Would spammers begin using unpaid government accounts to circumvent payments? Hiding one's identity or IP address in unrequested e-mail messages should fall under the RICO statutes or statutes dealing with national security isues. The entire issue of spam would seem to require more effort from ISPs accepting the mesages, including those from overseas. Spam represents a real threat to the entire Internet, in my opinion.