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In a message dated 2/26/2006 4:43:02 AM Pacific Standard Time,
This message was in the LostCousins spring letter and I thought it would be
of interest for all the sks who have been having trouble with mail
THE END OF FREE E-MAIL?
In our last newsletter we mentioned the problems that LostCousins and
Rootsweb were having, with all of the emails from certain servers being
blocked by AOL.
What we hadn't seen at that time was an article that appeared in 'The Times'
on February 7th. Headlined "E-Mail firms to charge for first-class delivery"
it tells how AOL and Yahoo plan to charge companies who send emails to their
users. Here's a direct quote from that article:
"It amounts to the creation of a two-tier Internet in which paid-for emails
speed around the world, while ordinary consumers - barred from paying for
messaging - have to endure late or lost mail as the price for a free
We think this is an appalling prospect. The majority of genealogy sites,
including Rootsweb, offer a completely free service and couldn't afford to
pay to send emails.
We agree that there's a problem with spam, but this heavy-handed solution is
emphatically not the right answer. Are AOL really incapable of
distinguishing between junk mail and genuine emails?
By the way, all of our automated emails are STILL being blocked by AOL. That
means that members who use AOL don't receive their password immediately on
signing up (we have to send it manually), nor can they receive password
The only way AOL will change their plans is if their own customers tell them
what they think of them! So, if you are an AOL user, we hope you'll do just