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[pct-l] Vote NO on Bill 602P!
- Subject: [pct-l] Vote NO on Bill 602P!
- From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Valerie)
- Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2001 22:14:48 -0800
I know that this is off the subject but I just thought that everyone
would like to see the Crock of **** that is happening out there! Please
take this serious, it came from a VERY resourceful person in the
computer industry! Hope everyone does what they can to prevent this from
Vote NO on Bill 602P!
I guess the warnings were true. Federal Bill 602P
proposes 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 on-line, 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 that 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. A 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 to 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.
VOTE NO on Bill 602P! >>