|Received:||4/16/2004 8:58:18 AM|
|Organization:||NetVentures Unlimited, Inc.|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
Re: CAN-SPAM Act Rulemaking, Project No. R411008 To the Commissioners, As a legitimate Internet marketer who practices double opt-in procedures prior to a list subscriber being added to my mailing lists, I fully support the intent of the CAN-SPAM Act. I am concerned, however, about implementation of a national suppression list because of the cumbersome methodologies of trying to implement such a system. Whereas most people have one telephone number they could list on the Do Not Call registry, these same people maintain numerous email addresses. Most ISPs allow their customers to establish numerous email accounts for various purposes. I have one account I use to subscribe to Internet Marketing information sources; with another I subscribe to wholesale information sources. A third is used to subscribe to computer technology information. And so on. But what about the person who uses one email address to subscribe to everything? Many of the “spam” emails I receive do not originate in the United States and, therefore, are not under the jurisdiction of the FTC. I imagine that is the case for many who feel that a national Do Not Email list will rid them of spam. Yet I see a national suppression list working against legitimate businesses, most of which are small but playing a role in the economy. These small companies cannot continue in business with the additional costs associated with a national suppression list. This, in turn, will harm consumers, the very people the FTC was designed to protect. Certainly the foreign emailers will step in to fill the void when legitimate companies are forced to stop email marketing. That, of course, would increase the percentage of spam being received. I urge you to reconsider implementation of such a suppression list in light of all the problems it would present to the American economy and the American consumer. Respectfully, Larry Jameson, CEO NetVentures Unlimited, Inc.