[Hpn] Gov Tax on E-Mail

Jennafer Waggoner makingchange@earthlink.net
Tue, 08 Aug 2000 13:57:11 -0700

Subject: Vote no on bill 602P
> VOTE NO ON Bill 602P!!!!
>  Federal Bill602P 5-cents per E-mail Sent. It figures! No more free
> E-mail!  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 efficiency. 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. Our 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 to E-mail to EVERYONE on your list,
> and tell all your friends and relatives 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!


Jennafer Waggoner <makingchange@earthlink.net>
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