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Re: Fw: Congress to vote on allowing a toll charge for internet access]

  • From: Ehud Gavron
  • Date: Tue Jan 25 13:41:46 2000

With all due respect to keepign nanog readers informed,
please don't spam nanog with the "modem tax" revisited.

There is no such bill; senate bills are not numbered in this manner.
Please do not harass your congressmen unless you have good reason.


>> 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.
>> 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.