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From: Judie (judiej50_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Jun 02 2002 - 16:18:20 PDT


Just got this from a reliable person. Does anyone know if this is true?
It certainly will affect this group if it is!!!!!

Judie
> >Subject: FW: IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ, TAX INCREASE!
> >Date: Mon, 20 May 2002 12:49:17 -0400
> >
> >Subject: This is really important!! Please Read -
> >
> >
> >Postage will go up the end of June 2002 from 34 cents to 37 cents. It
will
> >be from 9% to 12% rate increase.
> >But this isn't all. 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 affect our use of the Internet.
> >Under proposed legislation, the US Postal Service 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 inefficiency.
> >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. 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 E-mail to EVERYONE on your list, and tell all your friends and
> >relatives to 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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