|Author||Subject: Important Info. that will effect all of us in the U.S.|
|C. Strouse|| Posted At 21:04:19 07/02/2000
This effects us all. What an outrage.
Marti Garlett wrote:
Congress to Allow Email Charges
Vote on Capitol Hill in 2 weeks. Please pass this on to everyone you know.
Because ALL of us use email for business and to keep up with friends and
family, I thought you'd like to know the following. CNN has reported that
within the next 2 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 email 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 Email on this subject
DIRECTLY to your Congressperson: http://www.house.gov/writerep
Also, say "No" to Bill 602P which is an attempt by the postal service to
charge an "alternate postal charge" for email use. This would about 5¢ per
email. 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 US Postal Service will be attempting to bill email users
an "alternate postage fee." Bill 602P will permit the Federal Government to
charge a 5¢ surcharge on every email 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 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." Because the average citizen receives at least 10
pieces of email daily, the cost to the typical individual would be an
additional 50¢ per day, or over $180 dollars per year, above and beyond
their regular Internet costs. Small businesses would be severely damaged.
Note that this would be money paid directly to the US Postal Service for a
service they do not even provide. If the US Postal Service is allowed to
tinker with email it will mark the end of the "free" Internet in the United
One congressman, Tony Schnell, has even suggested a "20 to 40 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 6,
1999) (Editorial.) Don't sit by and watch your freedom erode away! Send
this email to EVERYONE on your list, and tell all your friends and
relatives to write to their congressman and say "No!" to Bill 602P. This
will take only 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 2
SEPARATE ISSUES THAT AFFECT ALL OF US ONLINE. LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD NOW,
NOT AFTER IT'S TOO LATE.
Re: Important Info. that will effect all of us in the U.S. (Currently 0 replies)
Posted At 06:25:32 07/04/2000
I apologize to everyone for posting this and sending it in my weekly injured worker newsletter. This apparently was hoax and was intentionally and deliberately sent to me. Although I am to blame for not taking the time to research the information, as I do with all worker compensation issues. I am feel very saddened that someone, used my trust and mislead myself on such an important issue. Once again I sincerely apologize for passing on erroneous information without checking into it first.
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