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Subject: CHARGE A TOLL FEE for Internet access? Read This 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 a 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 to your Congressperson. We can't allow this to pass! The following address will allow you tosend an e-mail on this subject DIRECTLY to your Congressperson. http://www.house.gov/writerep 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 Stepp 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 e-mail costing nearly $230,000,000 in revenue per year. (Oh, isn't that too bad?) 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 (r) has even suggested a "twenty to 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 whose time has come" (March 6th, 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. PASS THIS ON TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW WHO USES EMAIL REMEMBER THESE ARE TWO SEPARATE ISSUES THAT EFFECT ALL OF US ONLINE LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD NOW, NOT AFTER.
Congress should wonder if the internet has done so well so far without charging folks, what would be the need to do so now?
Could it be . . . GREED!
Just wanted to let people know that I've been receiving that email for years now. I've heard from many sources that it's just a fake chain letter. Although it sounds legit, please verify first hand before spending time on this endeavor. If anyone has any news to the legitimacy of this report, please let us know. Thanks!
After making an inquiry to my congressman, Roscoe G. Bartlett, I received the following response:
“…Recently, it was reported that the United States Postal Service is considering charging users for access to the Internet, similar to a long distance phone charge. Rumors have also spread regarding a similar bill in Congress identified as “602P,” sponsored by Congressman Schnell. Rest assured that this is merely rumor. According to a U.S. Postal Service press release, dated May 21, 1999, there is no federal law or regulation containing the provisions of the alleged “602P” bill. In fact, there is no “Congressman Schnell” currently serving in the House of Representatives.”
If you will note, "Recently, it was reported that the United States Postal Service is considering charging users for access to the Internet, similar to a long distance phone charge." does not discount such a proposed bill.
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