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FW: FW: Federal Bill 602pPLease read to see what the gov't is trying to do
> We need to watch what we are voting for...
> Subject: Federal BIll 602p
> Subject: Fw: ALERT!!!!
> Subject: Federal Bill 602p
> Guess the warnings were true. Federal Bill 602P
> 5-cents per E-mail sent.
> It figures! No more free E-mail! We knew this was
> coming!! Bill 602P
> 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.
> 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
> 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 -
> 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
> non-interference. 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
> 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
> proposed E-mail charges. Note that most of the
> major newspapers have
> the story the only exception being the Washingtonian
> which called the idea
> 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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