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Bill 602P will end free E-mail!

This just in, Responding to the USPS, there is a plan afoot (Bill 602P ) to charge 5 cents per every email sent. Calls are needed now!
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!

when will you people give up on this? 20.Mar.2004 16:59

GPFX

Look dumbass, there never has been any attempt to charge for e-mail, you will likely never lose your free e-mail as long as you are willing to pay to get to the internet. Your research (look up the actuall bill some time, it helps) is faulty.

The bill in question, as well as all the other bils cited by conspiracy nuts who think e-mail is going to be charged, microsoft is going to be giving us free cash for forewarding a particular e-mail or any of the other moronic rumors that are always flying around, refers to bulk e-mail. There are bills in question to fine spammers, NOT charge you for Yahoo! use.

Hoax 20.Mar.2004 17:05

Don't Wast our time

Just google on it and you'll see this and many more
 http://www.urbanlegends.com/ulz/emailtax.html

This is a hoax 20.Mar.2004 17:05

roseisarose


for real yo 20.Mar.2004 17:50

clamydia

It would be impossible to enforce a law charging people for email. It would cost more money to even attempt this than they could possibly make from it. This is silly.

These links are for real--microsoft proposes charging for email 20.Mar.2004 18:19

Orwell's long lost cousin

These urban hoaxes about the government legislating charging for email have been around for a long time. But, in early Feb. of this year Microsoft along with a consortium of other internet/computer companies held a conference to consider charging for email to try and stem the tidal wave of spam. They proposed charging for email would cost spammers too much money to continue to send us spam.

Is it time to charge for email?

Spam has become the bane of our inboxes. Is it time to seriously consider bringing the era of free email to an end?

Sometimes, all it takes is someone to speak the unspeakable to force a break with conventional wisdom.

So it was that Bill Gates triggered a firestorm of protest by suggesting that the best way to stem the growth of spam would be to require people to pay money to send email.

See the whole article here:  http://comment.zdnet.co.uk/charlescooper/0,39020664,39145632,00.htm

And here is another link:  http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/internet/03/05/spam.charge.ap/