[NTISP] Spam policy -- any ideas?

Adam Greene ( (no email) )
Thu, 25 Feb 1999 12:09:38 -0500


I was wondering what peoples' policies are regarding Unsolicited Bulk Email sent by their customers, and why you have that policy.

---Some of my own thoughts:I am having trouble accepting a blanket policy of not allowing any Spam to be sent out by any of my customers.  (I'm an ISP in NewYork).  Some of my business customers may want to use this form of advertising, and while I personally dislike receiving Spam, I amnot sure if that is enough of a reason to form a policy against allowing it.

At this moment, there is no legislation prohibiting Spam, and it even appears that legislation allowing Spam which conforms tocertain guidelines will be considered legally acceptable, if the recent bill in Congress gets passed.

But what should an ISP's policy be? Maybe since bulk emailers use up mail server CPU time and Internet bandwidth, rather thandisallowing the Spam, a policy based on charging a price for CPU and bandwidth usage could be considered reasonable.

Maybe some of the ambiguity comes from the fact that while you can charge for bandwidth used by outgoing mail, how can you chargefor bandwidth used by incoming mail? That is, if you allow Spam to be sent out, how does that affect the other ISP's who have todeliver it?

I wonder how the U.S. Post Office does it. How does the money get distributed when someone pays their local Post Office to send outsome bulk mail? Do the other Post Offices in the country get a cut of the postage, since they have to deliver the mail that isbeing sent to them?

I am interested on anyone else's point of view about this subject, since it is clear to me that I don't have a very complete graspof the situation, and thus am not sure of how to form a policy regarding it.

Regards,Adam Greene

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