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You'll be charged 5 cents per emails sent

by Marcus Garvey Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2001 at 5:44 AM
MAfricanus@yahoo.com 820 fifth street #12 , Santa Monica, CA 90403

NEW LAW: POST OFFICE WANTS TO CHARGE US 5 CENTS FOR EACH EMAIL SENT

Federal Bill 602P wants 5-cents per E-mail sent. No more free E-mail! We

knew this was coming!! Bill 602P will permit the Federal Government to

charge a 5-cent on every delivered E-mail. Please read the following

carefully if you intend to stay online and continue using E-mail.

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 our use of the Internet. Under proposed legislation, the US Postal

Service will be attempting to bill E-mail users out of "alternative postage

fees". Bill 602P will permit the Federal Government to charge a 5-cent

surcharge on every E-Mail delivered, by billing Internet Service Providers

at source. The consumer would then be billed in turn by the ISP.

Washington DC lawyer Richard Stepp is working without pay to prevent this

legislation from becoming law. The US Postal Service is claiming lost

revenue, due to the proliferation of E-mail, is costing nearly 0,000,000

in revenue per year. You may have noticed their recent ad campaign: "There

is nothing like a letter." Since the average person received about 10 pieces

Of E-mail per day in 1998, the cost of the typical individual would be an

additional 50 cents a day - or over 0 per year - above and beyond their

regular Internet costs.

Note that this would be money paid directly to the US Postal Service for a

service they do not even provide. The whole point of the Internet is

democracy and noninterference. 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 coast to coast.

If the US Postal Service is allowed to tinker with E-mail, it will mark the

end of the "free" Internet in the United States. Our congressional

representative, Tony Schnell (r) has even suggested a "- per month

surcharge on all Internet service" above and beyond the governments proposed

E-mail charges. Note that most of the major newspapers have ignored the

story the only exception being the Washingtonian which called the idea of

E-mail surcharge "a useful concept who's time has come" (March 6th, 1999

Editorial). Do not sit by and watch your freedom erode away!

Send this E-mail to EVERYONE on your list, and tell all your friends and

relatives to write their congressional representative 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 do not want.

PLEASE FORWARD!

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is that a house or senate bill? Angus Podgorny Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2001 at 7:12 AM
couldn't find this bill at www.house.gov bob jones Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2001 at 3:14 PM
i received this in an e-mail about a year ago c Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2001 at 6:49 PM
HOAX. Hieronymous D Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001 at 2:14 AM
HOAX. Hieronymous D Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001 at 2:14 AM
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