|Received:||4/14/2004 3:51:51 PM|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
Small business owners rely on email, to sell, deliver, answer inquiries, keep in touch, etc., particularly with online newsletters which are necessary for the continuing relationship with customers. Many thousands of small business owners are unable to work in the general workforce, and are able to contribute to the economy, and their own welfare, though email communication. Legitimate businesses are not the originators of spam. 10% of my emails are legitimate, with 90% really nasty spammers and porn sites. Most newsletters are ad-supported. And recipients have easy access to opting-out at any time. Suppression lists would send most of online small business out of business. Such newsletter publishers with affirmative opt-in requests should be exempted from the provisions of the act.