Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rand Corp. Suggests E-Mail Address for Every American

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rand Corp. Suggests E-Mail Address for Every American

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Nearly seven decades after Herbert Hoover promised Americans "a chicken in every pot and two cars in every garage," the Rand Corp. wants to add an electronic mailbox to the list.

The widespread ability for people to send and receive electronic messages - known as e-mail - holds important social, economic and political benefits, a Rand report said Tuesday.

Those benefits include making sure poor people are not left out of the information age, creating new business opportunities and producing more informed voters.

But the task of administering millions of electronic mail addresses wouldn't be easy, some experts say.

One issue would be how to give out addresses to people with the same names. Now, once a commercial provider like America Online issues an address for a particular name, let's say John Doe, no other America Online customer can use that name on his mailbox. Although the name could be used on an electronic mailbox provided by another company like CompuServe, the ability to use one's name is now extremely limited. …

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