The FTC is getting involved in addressing the burgeoning problem of spam e-mail. Is it a problem, or simply a way to bring products and services to people? Can it be dealt with the same way as telephone solicitors? The last thing I want is for the government to regulate my email. Perhaps spam could be dealt with by the free market. Why is it profitable to flood millions of people with highly offensive emails in the hope that just a few will buy your product? Because email is so cheap! Were ISPs to charge nominal fees per email delivered, say 5 cents, spam would make no economic sense. Of course, we want to make it costly to send spam, but not desirable email. So, charge that nominal fee, and refund it if the recipient indicates the email was desired, by clicking on a good/bad email button. The non-refunded fee could pay for administering the system, at least until spam went extinct. What other thoughts and ideas have you had? Peace.