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

  • From: Gary E. Miller
  • Date: Tue Jan 25 13:47:47 2000

Yo All!

A bit of further checking shows that this whole thing is a old hoax:


On Tue, 25 Jan 2000, Brad S. Dreisbach wrote:

> Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2000 13:27:42 -0500 (EST)
> From: Brad S. Dreisbach <[email protected]>
> To: [email protected]
> Subject: Fw: Congress to vote on allowing a toll charge for internet
>     access]
> >
> > 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.
> >
> >

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