> 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.
> Adam Greene
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