[meteorite-list] E-mail charges

From: Randy Mils <acculabs_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 09:46:24 2004
Message-ID: <F4eFUtLch9wPiyAphwF0000d1fc_at_hotmail.com>

<P>The real question is how many idiots are there on this list that are going to fall for this crap.&nbsp; From time to time it seems that some gullible member posts this scam.</P>
<P>Get a brain..............<BR></P></DIV>
<DIV></DIV>&gt;From: "kentnorwood" <KENTNORWOOD_at_EMAIL.MSN.COM>
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Subject: [meteorite-list] E-mail charges
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Date: Tue, 15 May 2001 16:34:40 -0700
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Subject: Vote NO on Bill602P ......A MUST READ !!!!!!!
<DIV></DIV>&gt; Guess the warnings were true. Federal Bill 602P 5 cents per E-mail sent. It figures! No more free e-mail! We knew this was coming!!
<DIV></DIV>&gt;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".
<DIV></DIV>&gt;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 the proliferation of e-mail, is costing nearly $230,000,000 in revenue per year.
<DIV></DIV>&gt; You may have noticed their recent ad campaign: "There is nothing like a letter." Since the average person received about ten pieces of e-mail per day in 1998, the cost of the typical individual would be an addditional 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 non-interference. You are already paying an exorbitant price for snail mail because of bureaucratic inefficiency. It currently takes up to six 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. Please note also that interoffice mail would be charged if e-mail is used and this bill passes. Therefore it could create a large expense to businesses, organizations, non-profit organizations, etc., who use
<DIV></DIV>&gt;e-mail to communicate between each other throughout the work day. Congressional representative, Tony Schnell 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 6, 1999, Editorial).
<DIV></DIV>&gt; 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 (using the US Postal Service of course) 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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Received on Tue 15 May 2001 08:05:51 PM PDT

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