RE: [NTISP] Spam policy -- any ideas?

Greg ( (no email) )
Thu, 25 Feb 1999 09:26:11 -0800

Our policy is set in stone NO SPAM of any kind. We have this policy because
of the
number of complaints you have to deal with when someone spam's and because
we prefer
not to have to change upstream providers and have our outgoing mail blocked.,4164,372621,00.html

> Hi,
> 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 New
> York). Some of my business customers may want to use this form
> of advertising, and while I personally dislike receiving Spam, I am
> not 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 to
> certain 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 than
> disallowing 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 charge
> for 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 to
> deliver 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 out
> some bulk mail? Do the other Post Offices in the country get a
> cut of the postage, since they have to deliver the mail that is
> being 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 grasp
> of the situation, and thus am not sure of how to form a policy
> regarding it.
> Regards,
> Adam Greene
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