Letter to the editor

Following is a response to an FCW.com poll question that asked: "About how many spam e-mails do you get each day at work?"

The biggest problem with e-mail is that it doesn't cost the companies or individuals sending the advertisements any money.

I think the U.S. Postal Service needs to get involved. I wouldn't mind spending 5 cents per e-mail to friends, family or business associates because I don't send that many e-mail messages.

If the companies sending out the spam e-mail messages were charged 5 cents per e-mail sent, they would focus their e-mail messages on specific target groups in order to make them pay for themselves.

We get junk mail, but at least it is costing the companies that send it money to try to market to individuals.

Without any cost attached to it other than the programming cost to invent ways to get around spam-blocking software and firewalls, the spam problem is going to get worse and it will take quite a bit of regulation and enforcement to make it stop.

My suggestion is to hit them where it hurts the most — the pocket book — each and every time they send one.

Russ Smith Energy Department/Bechtel BWXT Idaho LLC

WRITE US

We welcome your comments. To send a letter to the editor, use this form.

Please check out the archive of Letters to the Editor for fellow readers' comments.

Featured

  • Defense
    Ryan D. McCarthy being sworn in as Army Secretary Oct. 10, 2019. (Photo credit: Sgt. Dana Clarke/U.S. Army)

    Army wants to spend nearly $1B on cloud, data by 2025

    Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said lack of funding or a potential delay in the JEDI cloud bid "strikes to the heart of our concern."

  • Congress
    Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) at the Hack the Capitol conference Sept. 20, 2018

    Jim Langevin's view from the Hill

    As chairman of of the Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committe and a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rhode Island Democrat Jim Langevin is one of the most influential voices on cybersecurity in Congress.

Stay Connected

FCW INSIDER

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.