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We need to stop this - they have no right to charge for something they are
not involved in. Roberta
attached mail follows:
Here's an alarming piece of information that was forwarded to me. Thought I
had better share too.
VOTE NO ON Bill 602P!!!!
> > I guess the warnings were true. Federal Bill 602P proposes a
> > 5-cents per E-mail Sent. It figures! No more free E-mail! We knew this
> > was coming!! Bill 602P will permit the Federal Government to charge a
> > 5-cent charge on every delivered E-mail. Please read the following
> > if you intend to stay online, and continue using E-mail. The last few
> > revealed an alarming trend in the Government of the United States
> > quietly push through legislation that will affectour use of the
> >Under proposed
> > legislation, the US PostalService will be attempting to bill E-mail
> >out of "alternative
> > postage fees".
> > Bill 602P will permit the Federal Government to charge a 5-cent
> > surcharge on every E-Mail delivered, by billing Internet Service
> > Providers at source.
> > The consumer would then be billed in turn by the ISP. Washington
> > DC lawyer Richard Stepp is working without pay to prevent this
> > legislation from becoming law. The US Postal Service is claiming lost
> > revenue, due to the proliferation of E-mail, is costing nearly
> > revenue per year. You may have noticed their recent ad campaign:
> > "There is nothing like a letter.
> > Since the average person received about 10 pieces of E-mail per
> > day in 1998, the cost of the typical individual would be an additional
> > 50 cents a day - or over $180 per year - above and beyond their
> > Internet costs. Note that this would be money paid directly to the US
> > Postal Service for a service they do not even provide. The whole point
> > of the Internet is democracy and noninterference. You are already
> > an exorbitant price for snail mail because of bureaucratic
> > efficiency. It currently takes up to 6 days for a letter to be
> > coast to coast. If the US Postal Service is allowed to tinker with
> > E-mail, it will mark the end of the "free" Internet in the United
> > One congressional representative, Tony Schnell (r) has even
> > suggested a "$20-$40 per month surcharge on all Internet service"
> > above and beyond the governments proposed E-mail charges.
> > Note that most of the major newspapers have ignored the story-the
> > only exception being the Washingtonian - which called the idea of
> > E-mail surcharge "a useful concept who's time has come" (March 6th,
> > 1999.
> > Editorial).
> > Do not sit by and watch your freedom erode away! Send this to
> > E-mail to EVERYONE on your list, and tell all your friends and
> > relatives write their congressional representative and say "NO" to
> >602P. It
> > will only take a few moments of your time and could very well be
> > instrumental in killing a bill we do not want.
> > Please forward!
> > >>
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