|Received:||3/20/2004 1:24:09 PM|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
I believe the answer to spamming problems would be to charge a fee (approx. $0.05 per email) to the senders of unsolicited email, whether or not it is commercial in nature. The main reason there is so much spamming is that it is now free to do so. An unscrupulous emailer can send millions of emails daily at no cost. If he had to pay a nickel or dime for each one he would be very selective in who he sent to. That would stop the massive amount of email that is now sent out. The fee could be used and shared by internet providers to improve services. I also believe that much of the burden of enforcement would have to be placed on the shoulders of the ISP's and this fee would help to reimburse their efforts. As the owner of a company that uses the internet as a sales tool I woul dnot hesitate to pay a fee to send commercial emails to specific customers. And, I believe they would be willing to get those emails if they are not inundated with the normal mass of worthless commerical emails.