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Re: [BKARTS] NO MORE FREE E-MAIL



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Unfortunately you have fallen for another go-round of that urban legend...
There is no such bill no. in congress and this is listed on Snopes as
a current false story going around e-mail:  go read more at
http://www.snopes.com/business/taxes/bill602p.asp
TL Herbert, Charleston, SC

On Tue, 16 Mar 2004, Edward Stansell wrote:

> Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2004 10:01:21 EST
> From: Edward Stansell <CraftBook@xxxxxxx>
> Reply-To: Book_Arts-L <BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [BKARTS] NO MORE FREE E-MAIL
>
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> For those of us who send e-mail regularly.  I thought perhaps this should get
> some publicity.
>
> Subject: Federal Bill 602P-Mail Charge
>
> Guess the warnings were true.  ! Federal Bill 602P charges 5-cents per
> E-mail sent. It figures!  No more free E-mail!  We knew this was coming!!
> Bill 602P will permit the Federal Government to charge a  5-cent charge
> 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 $230,000,000 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 $180 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 inefficiency.  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.
>
> Congressional representative, Tony Schnell (R) has even suggested a
> "$20-$40 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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