Stop AOL's Email Tax

Companies: AOL

The Coalition is calling on consumers to oppose AOL's proposed pay-to-send email system. The concept has been described by AOL as a means to get rid of spam; however, critics say the system will only favor affluent individuals and companies. The coalition argues that those who can't afford to pay AOL's "email tax" cannot be guaranteed that their emails will be delivered. The groups most likely to be adversely affected include charities, small businesses, civic organizations, and even families with mailing lists. Opponents of the pay-to-send system worry that if other companies follow AOL's lead, "the Internet will become permanently divided into two classes of users - those who can afford to pay for guaranteed delivery and everyone else left behind with unreliable service."

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