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Monday, February 27, 2006

Hotmail Blocking No Tea Party

Microsoft is blacklisting email addresses from the United Kingdom, in yet another case of overzealous spam blocking. Microsoft is blocking many companies from emailing their customers that use Hotmail, even when they have expressly consented to receiving the emails.

According to e-consultancy, Microsoft charged the company $1700 to get whitelisted so that it could correspond with its customers. Microsoft isn't the first ISP to impede European emails. Verizon also has been blocking emails from e-consultancy and others on the continent, which I discovered last year, and resulted in a lawsuit.

The practice of squeezing commercial organizations to pay higher fees to send emails is just getting started as Yahoo and AOL are very interested in charging companies for the privilege of emailing their customers. Obviously charging companies for the amount of emails that they send hasn't been a deterrent for spammers, but there needs to be a more technical solution than broad embargos that group legitimate enterprises with spammers.

By John Gartner at 01:46 PM | Comments (2)

(2) Thoughts on Hotmail Blocking No Tea Party

thats stupid it will cost thousand even millions a year just to email but as long as microsoft gets its money im sure thats ok aol and yahoo too and hotmail where theres no suprise there then lol grow up eh

Comments by steve hirst : Sunday, October 07, 2007 at 09:50 PM

I just got blocked. I regularly e-mail my grandson & sister, who are hotmail customers. From now on, I'll use the phone. It's better to hear thier voices anyway. My server, Vermont Tel has had all it's e-mail customers access to hotmail blocked. I hope they sue!

Comments by John Holme : Wednesday, April 09, 2008 at 03:15 PM

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