March 26, 2002

email meltdown

David Reed provides a cogent technical discussion of what may well be the impending end of email as we know it. Between the spammers and the anti-spam vigilante's, it's becoming impossible for individuals or small businesses (or even large businesses) to buy internet mail service. You can send mail as (say), providing free advertising for your phone company, but it's becoming increasingly difficult to send mail as at almost any price. It's already a mess, it's going to get worse.