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Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2000 13:13:04 -0500
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Pardon me for using your e-mail for something non-business related,
but this seems important enough

to share with all my friends and customers, since we all use e-mail.

Congress to Allow E-mail Charges

Please pass this on to all you know
Since many of us use e-mail for business and to keep
up with friends and family,
I thought you'd like to know the following.
Please jump on it right away and forward this to others.
CNN has reported that within the next two weeks Congress is
going to vote on allowing telephone companies to CHARGE A
TOLL FEE for Internet access. Translation: Every time we
send long distance e-mail we will receive a long distance
charge. This will get costly. Please visit the following web
Site and file a complaint. Complain to your Congressperson.
We can't allow this to pass. The following address will
allow you to send an e-mail on this subject DIRECTLY to
your Congressperson.

Pass this on to your friends. It is urgent!
I hope all of you will pass this on to all your friends and
family. We should ALL have an interest in this one. WAIT,
THERE'S MORE. IN ADDITION, 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 your use of the Internet. Under proposed legislation
the U.S. Postal Service will be attempting to bilk email
users out of "alternate postage fees".

Bill 602P will permit the Federal Govt. to charge a 5 cent
surcharge on every email delivered, by billing Internet
Service Providers at source. The consumer would then be
billed in turn by the ISP. Washington D.C. lawyer Richard
Step is working without pay to prevent this legislation
from becoming law. The U.S. Postal Service is claiming that
lost revenue due to the proliferation of email 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 citizen received about 10 pieces
of email per day in 1998, the cost to the typical individual
would be an additional 50 cents per day, or over $180
dollars Per year, above and beyond their regular Internet costs.

Note that this would be money paid directly to the
U.S. Postal Service for a service they do not even provide.
 The whole point of the Internet is democracy and non-interference.
 If the federal government is permitted to
 tamper with our liberties by adding a surcharge to email,
 who Knows Where it will end. 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 New York to Buffalo. If The U.S.Postal
 Service is allowed to tinker with email; it will mark the
 end of the "free" Internet in the United States. One
 congressman, Tony Schnell  has even suggested a "twenty
 forty dollar per month surcharge on all internet service"
 above and beyond the government's proposed email Charges.
 Note that most of the major newspapers have ignored the
 story, the only exception being the Washingtonian which
 called the idea of email surcharge "a useful concept who's
 time has come" (March 6, 1999) Editorial. Don't sit by and
 watch your freedoms erode away! Send this e-mail to EVERYONE
 on your list, and tell all your friends and relatives to
 write to their congressman 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 don't want.




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