Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Congress to allow E-mail charges
Congress to allow E-mail charges
Mon, 20 Dec 1999 17:35:28 -0600
Here is a note off the wire that you will probably be interested in.
Best wishes Gary Apfelstadt
>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 following.
>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.
>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 Congressperson.
>Pass this on to your friends. It is urgent!
>I hope all of you will pass this on to all 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 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 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 non-interference.
>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 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 to tinker with email;
>it will mark the end of the "free" Internet in the United States.
>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,