In April the U.S. Senators introduced a bill, Controlling
the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act of 2003 (CAN-SPAM),
that will crack down on unsolicited bulk e-mail, or spam.
Even though this will allow the Federal Trade Commission
to fine violators and state attorney the power to bring lawsuits, major
Internet players, such as Yahoo!, AOL and eBay, are supporting it.
“We look forward to working with them, and other
lawmakers, on this issue of critical and timely importance to people
across the nation as the legislation makes its way through the U.S.
Senate and House of Representatives,” AOL said in a statement.
About 30 states have passed a variety of anti-spam
laws and opposition to federal action has declined although think the
bill needs some tweaking.
“We do think that there is some work that needs
to be done on this bill, but we look forward to being able to support
a preemptive federal statute this year,” said Trevor Hughes, executive
director of the National Advertising Initiative’s e-mail service