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e-mail charge PO - long fwd


From: Rdunkelart
Date: Tue Aug 15 2000 - 04:30:08 PDT

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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.
    R

      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
    > >carefully
    > > if you intend to stay online, and continue using E-mail. The last few
    > >months
    > >have
    > > revealed an alarming trend in the Government of the United States
    > >attempting
    > >to
    > > quietly push through legislation that will affectour use of the
    > >Internet
    > >Under proposed
    > > legislation, the US PostalService will be attempting to bill E-mail
    > >users
    > >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
    > >$230,000,000
    > >in
    > > 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
    regular
    > >
    > > 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
    > >paying
    > > an exorbitant price for snail mail because of bureaucratic
    > > efficiency. It currently takes up to 6 days for a letter to be
    > >delivered
    > >from
    > > 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
    > >States.
    > > 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
    Bill
    > >
    > >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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