|Received:||3/20/2004 9:17:10 PM|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
By restricting the free flow of commercial ads, does that mean that the providers of web browsers will also be restricted from displaying ads when not requested by the subscriber? Microsoft, AOL, Yahoo, and others continue to inundate the web with advertising. As far as I'm concerned, this amounts to SPAM; at least with unsolicited e-mail SPAM I can filter it out - not so with the ads of those who control the web. Choking commerce over the web is wrong. The government should not allow itself to be used by a small group of the internet giants to step on the entrepreneurial spirit of the small business culture. This country has always thrived with the small business person. First, these IT giants take our jobs overseas, now they want to destroy an efficient and effective marketing vehicle for the small business person; just when the cost of gas is rising and the dark clouds of inflation are beginning to appear on the horizon. This is knee jerk legislation. I wouldn't be all that surprised to discover that the very organizations pushing this law (i.e. AOL, MSN, Yahoo, et al) are the authors of so much of the SPAM they complain about. Develop a problem, invent a cure, and sell it to the government to enforce in an effort to kill competition on the web. Tragic! Just what we need, another set of regulations to be mastered in order to keep our businesses out of harms way. You folks need to close the doors on the lobbys and think this through - develop models to project the affect this legislation will have on the economy over the next 5, 10, and 20 years. What was that phrase? Oh yeah, "It's the economy, stupid!"