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Has anyone seen this?  Is it for real?

	--Barb Madsen



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Date: Mon, 07 Jun 1999 22:00:55 -0700
From: Joy Love <jlove@usit.net>
To: Brenda Clough <cloughcb@juno.com>, Barb Madsen <bjmadsen@umich.edu>
Subject: [Fwd: Fwd: make a contact...]


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> > Please read the following carefully if you intend to stay online and
> > continue using email:     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 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 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 noninterference.  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 efficiency.
> > 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 who's 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.
> >
> > Kate Turner
> > Assistant to Richard Stepp, Berger, Stepp and Gorman
> > Attorneys at Law 216 Concorde Street, Vienna, Va.
> >
> >

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