Congress Bills against e-mail

michelle kerr kerrmichel at hotmail.com
Thu Jan 13 11:23:07 EST 2000


>
>Will it ever end???
>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. Complain to
>your congressperson. We cannot allow this to pass! The following address 
>will allow you to send 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 
>bill 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 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(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 
>who's 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 TODAY, 
>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.
>
>      Gertrude A. Gibson
>      Secretary
>      GSIA, Posner Hall 255
>      Carnegie Mellon University
>      Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3
>

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