|Received:||3/15/2004 12:00:00 AM|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
I feel this regulation is convoluted and is not addressing the real problem. When the World Wide Web was first implemented. Users were a small homogeneous group of people that were dealing with extremely slow transmission rates. Common courtesy dictated that content was direct and pertinent. It also made sense that the cost of content was on the receiver rather than the sender. Due to the progress of technology and the speeds of transmission and volume of content. This whole situation can be easily resolved by a new protocol for Email. A protocol that shifts all the cost onto the sender and away from the receiver. The FTC should work with the FCC to mandate a new protocol for Email transmission that would only allow an extremely small header to be shipped to the receiver. This header would be a location and an authentication code. When the receiver viewed their inbox, the protocol would retrieve from the sender, the sender and the subject from the sender?s machine. If the receiver wished to view the content the protocol would then retrieve the content along with a list of available attachments. This way all the cost of the communication is dependent on the sender and their desire to support the communicae. This solution would eliminate senders who wished to remain anonymous. This solution would reduce the proliferation of viruses. This solution would reduce network traffic for those items receivers automatically delete. This solution would give the sender the knowledge of receipt. This solution would allow emails of unlimited size because the receiver would not have to have quotas on received emails. Though this protocol is radically different from any other, it is time we rethink how work is done across the internet.