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That bill SUCKS! (archive)

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Posted by asheville///m3 on June 21, 2000 at 10:34:54:

In Reply to: Completely off topic, look at this gov't bill... 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
: 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 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 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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