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Spamhaus comment on the AOL/Goodmail deal

AOL and Yahoo! have been making a lot of headlines with their plans to reduce their whitelist-management workload — and make a little pay-to-send money on the side — with a deal with Goodmail.

Now Spamhaus have gone on the record against the plan:

On Monday, Richard Cox, chief information officer at antispam organization Spamhaus, said that “an e-mail charge will destroy the spirit of the Internet.”

“The Internet has become what it is because of freedom of communication. Open discussion is what gives it value. There should be no cost for particular services, and e-mail should be free and accessible to all. This will disenfranchise people.”