The Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) was perfect in the early days of Arpanet, when there were only about a thousand trusted hosts. That was back in 1981. Those numbers seem like nothing compared to the 170,000,000 domains that are currently registered. That’s a potential 170,000,000 mail servers! When you think of those numbers, and the number of unscrupulous marketers and spammers, you can begin to see that the protocol has outlived its usefulness. I personally don’t care if they make changes to the existing protocol or just start one from scratch, but let’s make it happen–we’re all tired of spam.

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