Ester Dyson on charging for sending

Esther Dyson has a column in today’s New York Times (registration required) (You’ve Got Goodmail summarizing fairly well the economic incentives arguments for supporting experimentation with systems that charge for sending “priority” email, and also the market competition argument for why this will ultimately benefit users, not create monopoly profits. She also discusses a variant which is, essentially, the same as the “Attention Bond Mechanism” proposed by our own Loder, van Alstyne and Wash.