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I usually do not forward things like this but this is very important:
Subject: Congress to Allow E-mail Charges
Please pass this on to all you know since many of us use e-mail for business
and to keep up with friends and family, I thought you'd like to know the
Please jump on it right away and forward this to others.
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 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 can't allow this to pass. The following
address will allow you to send an e-mail on this subject DIRECTLY to your
Pass this on to your friends. It is urgent! I hope all of you will pass this
on to all of 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 the 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 there regular Internet
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
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
tinker with email; it will mark the end of the "free" Internet in the United
One congressman, Tony Schnell =AE 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 6, 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,
"When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public
officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose
for rulers, 'just men who will rule in the fear of God.' The preservation of
[our] government depends on the faithful discharge of this Duty; if the
citizens neglect their Duty and place unprincipled men in office, the
government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made, not for the public
good so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men
will be appointed to execute the Laws; the public revenues will be
squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizen will be violated
or disregarded. If [our] government fails to secure public prosperity and
happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the Divine Commands, and
elect bad men to make and administer the Laws." --Noah Webster
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