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I received this by email today and I am posting it in its entirety. I have not verified that there is such a bill......
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. 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.
-- LZach (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 18, 2000
Answersthe editorializing is not mine either....;o)
-- LZach (email@example.com), January 18, 2000.I don't know whether things have started up again, but there NEVER WAS a Bill 602P, but the rumor gets recirculated occasionally. Hope it's still just a rumor.
-- Brooks (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 18, 2000.Worry not, Lisa. There is no bill 602P, no Congressman Tony Schnell, the whole thing is a myth! See?
-- Crayola (email@example.com), January 18, 2000.Geez! This old piece of trash making the rounds again??? This is NOT TRUE! THIS URBAN LEGEND! This kind of crap is really getting tired. Clearly, there are diminishing numbers of people who can actually think.
Grim. Very grim...
-- Irving (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 18, 2000.All House bills begin with HR (House of Reps) and all Senate bills begin with S (Senate). Pretty neat, huh.
Something else. The word "gullible" is not in the dictionary. Don't believe me, check it out.
-- New Guy (Newguy@Newbie.com), January 18, 2000.Please delete this. It is a well-k nown urban myth.
-- Steve Heller (email@example.com), January 18, 2000....please don't kill the messenger. That is why I prefaced it with "I have not verified that there is such a bill." It came to me by way of a respected journalist so I thought it worthy of posting.
My apologies, I guess I was duped.
Please delete sysops.
-- LZach (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 18, 2000.New Guy,
It pleases me to dispute your statement about the word "gullible" not being in the dictionary. You WILL find it in Webster's II New College Dictionary under the word "gullible".
gul.li.ble - adj. Easily duped or deceived.
I guess some of us aren't quite so "gullible" after all, hmm ?
-- Rob (email@example.com), January 18, 2000.
-- Lisa ZZZZzzzzzz......zzz...... (bigbrain@doomers.AREN'T!), January 19, 2000
Another example of just how good the lost are at their "thousands of hours of internet research"...if this is the same technique they used on y2k research, its no wonder they were led astray so easily!
-- Poor Suckers (PT@was.right), January 19, 2000.