1998-08-10 - Re: I’m from the government, and I’m here to control your email….

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From: Xcott Craver <caj@math.niu.edu>
To: “Trei, Peter” <ptrei@securitydynamics.com>
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UTC Datetime: 1998-08-10 20:20:14 UTC
Raw Date: Mon, 10 Aug 1998 13:20:14 -0700 (PDT)

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From: Xcott Craver <caj@math.niu.edu>
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 1998 13:20:14 -0700 (PDT)
To: "Trei, Peter" <ptrei@securitydynamics.com>
Subject: Re: I'm from the government, and I'm here to control your email....
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On Mon, 10 Aug 1998, Trei, Peter wrote:

> Once everyone has an government registered email address, it
> will be a simple matter to forbid the use of uncontrolled email
> addresses (for either sending or receiving) at least within the 
> US. It's to be expected that government agencies will refuse to
> send to any other address.

	I don't know how easy this would be.  The Govt would be going
	up against some pretty heavy businesses if they wanted to 
	eliminate all but their own email addresses.  I can see them
	pushing a standard by only acknowledgeing "postal" addresses,
	and probably pushing some kind of cost, since for obvious 
	reasons, these email addresses would have to be managed by
	the govts own servers.

	I predict that the idea will go through, the USPS will 
	consider charging people based on the space their incoming
	mail takes up, but change to a charge on outgoing mail after
	everyone raises a stink.  

	Then, some clever person will push a bill through congress
	forcing all commercial email to be sent from a postal email
	address, forcing spammers to pay a bulk rate and provide
	both a physical and internet return address.