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Re: Fw: Congress to vote on allowing a toll charge for internet access]
- From: Brad S. Dreisbach
- Date: Tue Jan 25 14:04:32 2000
Apparently I was the only un-informed list reader.
My appologies to everyone.
!Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2000 13:54:28 -0500 (EST)
!From: Charles Sprickman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
!To: "Brad S. Dreisbach" <email@example.com>
!Subject: Re: Fw: Congress to vote on allowing a toll charge for internet
!Just a general note, never mail anything to anyone else that says:
!"PASS THIS ON TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW WHO USES EMAIL" (or much of anything
!else written ALL-CAPS.
!On Tue, 25 Jan 2000, Brad S. Dreisbach wrote:
!> > 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 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 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.