by Mike Masnick
Fri, Oct 5th 2007 6:44am
Apparently someone has filed a petition with the FCC to try to have the FCC require email address portability. The idea is that, if you were to change email providers, the old provider would be required to forward your email to a new account. If you go to the link above, Declan McCullough points out seven reasons why it's dumb to mandate this (in part because this is way outside the FCC's scope of authority). However, that doesn't mean it's not a good idea for email providers to offer that service themselves as a differentiator. In the meantime, this doesn't seem like much of a problem for most people. Either they have their own domains or they do a pretty good job of informing anyone who matters whenever they change email addresses.
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