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Let's check things like this out before wasting everyones' time.


Donn Sanford wrote:
> hoax
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Book_Arts-L [mailto:BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of
> angela harkavy
> Sent: Tuesday, April 06, 2004 10:11 AM
> To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: Re: NO MORE FREE E-MAIL
> Hi all,
> My friend at the Library of Congress says that:
> ...as to this message, WHAT is Federal Bill 602P???=20
> That is not the numbering system of the U.S. Congress.  What is it???
> Sue Fletcher
>   ----- Original Message -----=20
>   From: Edward Stansell<mailto:CraftBook@xxxxxxx>=20
>   To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>=20
>   Sent: Tuesday, March 16, 2004 11:01 AM
>   Subject: NO MORE FREE E-MAIL
>                ***********************************************
>    MDE - Innovation 2004: An International Bookbinding Design =
> Competition
>                        60,000 ? (Euro) in total prizes
>                 Full information at =
> <http://www.mde2004.org/<http://www.mde2004.org/>>
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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.
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