I just came across this and I’m amazed! Apparently AOL has announced that it is prepared to accept payment for incoming emails. These certified emails will skip the usual spam filters and will be guaranteed delivery. I don’t see how this will decrease the amount of spam people receive, as AOL claim. With a two-tier system spammers that can afford to pay will pay and those that can’t, or won’t, will continue doing what they do now. What will be interesting to see is how AOL will decide what it will and won’t deliver, or will it just be sufficient for companies to hand over the cash in return for guaranteed delivery.