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Completely off topic, look at this gov't bill... (archive)

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Posted by Steve M on June 21, 2000 at 09:38:00:

I 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 will permit the Federal Government to charge a
5-cent charge on
every delivered E-mail. Please read the following
if you intend
stay online and continue using E-mail. The last few
have revealed
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
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
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
in revenue per year. You may have noticed their
ad campaign: "There is nothing like a letter." Since
the average person
received about
pieces of E-mail per day in 1998, the cost of the
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
the US Postal Service for a service they do not
even provide. The whole point of the Internet is democracy and
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
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
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.

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