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Re: The doctor analogy
said by Maxo:Up close, that's what it's about at this moment. Take a step back, and it's about ISP's accepting money from a third party to prioritize delivery of e-mails to their already-paying customers.
Again, this is about spammer being allowed to spam you, not about individuals being able to e-mail each other.
Currently they're prioritizing for bulk-mail senders ("you can go straight through without running the spam filter gauntlet"). Once they can do this, they can certainly prioritize for other groups/individuals as well if they choose. And they can certainly impede non-prioritized mail if they choose as well, as someone else already noted:
said by Linklist:--
There is potential for abuse, as ISP's tighten spam filters to such a degree that most big businesses will pay the fee.
But it will cut down on most spam due to the tightened ISP spam filters.
Sure, that'll work..