Attention AOL users
brett at cloud9.net
Fri Mar 3 14:02:46 EST 2006
In the coming month AOL will be requiring bulk email senders to
certify themselves with Goodlink's CertifiedEmail system. It is not
precisely clear what kinds of email traffic will require the sender
to pay what basically amounts to a "yes, we'll deliver your email"
bribe, nor is it clear how our ability to send email to AOL users
will be affected.
If it comes down to Audifans having to pay to send AOL users mail, or
dropping all AOL addresses, I think you can guess which way the ball
will roll. I suggest finding a new internet service provider in the
next 30 days if you wish to guarantee you will be able to receive ANY
mailing list mail (ie, not just Audifans), or simply do it on
principle. You'll be voting with your wallet against an attempt to
impose a class system onto what has been a free communications
medium. This is a very dangerous path- Yahoo is rumored to have
signed up with Goodlink as well, and if they do- other ISPs and
webmail providers will most likely follow.
Groups like Audifans already face challenges when it comes to running
a mailing list service. An increasing number of mail servers block
ANY dynamic IP address ranges at internet service providers, and most
if not all Internet Service Providers prohibit ANY type of server
(mail, web, etc) from running off their service. Some specifically
ban mailing lists and discussion boards. Not so scary when you think
about car enthusiast mailing lists. More scary when you think about
lists for organizing citizen, consumer, or employee action, protest,
etc. The government isn't the biggest challenge to your free speech
rights when it comes to the internet. The corporate world is.
This will just be another nail in the coffin. You can help pull that
nail out by supporting local internet service providers, instead of
forking over cast to a giant, useless dinosaur like AOL. It may take
a little digging, but chances are you can find a local dialup or DSL
provider in your area; some towns and cities even have co-op style
internet service providers.
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