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Sue Franklin
Avila College

Marge Nikpourfard wrote:

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> >I do not usualllly trouble the list with extra info But this is critical
> >for all of us!
> >
> >Many of you are on my KPA Legislative alert list. This would increase cost
> >to KPA considerably. KPA Council and Committees also use e-mail
> >extensively. Those not on my KPA list will still be greatly affected by
> >this proposal.
> >Please read and respond accordingly.  Thanks  Theresa
> >
> >
> >
> > > >Subject: Federal Bill 602p
> >
> > > >
> >
> > > >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!! 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.
> >
> > > &! gt;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 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!
> >
> > > >Sen! d 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!
>
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> <blockquote type=cite cite><b>I do not usualllly trouble the list with
> extra info But this is critical for all of us!</b><br>
> <br>
> <font face="arial" size=2>Many of you are on my KPA Legislative alert
> list. This would increase cost to KPA considerably. KPA Council and
> Committees also use e-mail extensively. Those not on my KPA list will
> still be greatly affected by this proposal. <br>
> Please read and respond accordingly.&nbsp; Thanks&nbsp; Theresa <br>
> <br>
> <br>
> <br>
> &gt; &gt;Subject: Federal Bill 602p <br>
> <br>
> &gt; &gt; <br>
> <br>
> &gt; &gt;Guess the warnings were true. Federal Bill 602P 5-cents <br>
> <br>
> &gt; &gt;per E-mail sent. It figures!&nbsp; No more free E-mail! <br>
> <br>
> &gt; &gt;We knew this was coming!! Bill 602P will permit the Federal
> <br>
> <br>
> &gt; &gt;Government to charge a 5-cent charge on every delivered <br>
> <br>
> &gt; &gt;E-mail.&nbsp; Please read the following carefully if you intend
> <br>
> <br>
> &gt; &gt;to stay online and continue using E-mail. The last few months
> <br>
> <br>
> &gt; &gt;have revealed an alarming trend in the Government of the United
> <br>
> <br>
> &gt; &gt;States attempting to quietly push through legislation that will
> <br>
> <br>
> &gt; &gt;affect our use of the Internet. Under proposed legislation,
> <br>
> <br>
> &gt; &gt;the US Postal Service will be attempting to bill E-mail users
> <br>
> <br>
> &gt; &gt;out of &quot;alternative postage fees&quot;. Bill 602P will
> permit the <br>
> <br>
> &gt; &gt;Federal Government to charge a 5-cent surcharge on every e-mail
> <br>
> <br>
> &gt; &gt;delivered, by billing Internet Service Providers at <br>
> <br>
> &gt; &gt;source. The consumer would then be billed in turn by the ISP.
> <br>
> <br>
> &gt; &gt;Washington, DC lawyer Richard Stepp is working without pay to
> <br>
> <br>
> &gt; &gt;prevent this legislation from becoming law. The US Postal <br>
> <br>
> &gt; &gt;Service is claiming lost revenue, due to the proliferation of
> <br>
> <br>
> &gt; &gt;E-mail, is costing nearly $230,000,000 in revenue per year.
> <br>
> <br>
> &gt; &gt;You may have noticed their recent ad campaign: &quot;There is
> nothing <br>
> <br>
> &gt; &gt;like a letter.&quot; <br>
> <br>
> &gt; &gt;Since the average person received about 10 pieces of E-mail per
> day <br>
> <br>
> &gt; &gt;in 1998, the cost of the typical individual would be an
> additional 50 <br>
> <br>
> &gt; &gt;cents a day - or over $180 per year - above and beyond their
> regular <br>
> <br>
> &gt; &gt;Internet costs. Note that this would be money paid directly to
> <br>
> <br>
> &gt; &gt;the US Postal Service for a service they do not even provide.
> <br>
> <br>
> &gt; &amp;! gt;The whole point of the Internet is democracy and
> non-interference. <br>
> <br>
> &gt; &gt;You are already paying an exorbitant price for snail mail
> because of <br>
> <br>
> &gt; &gt;bureaucratic inefficiency. It currently takes up to 6 days for
> <br>
> <br>
> &gt; &gt;a letter to be delivered from coast to coast. <br>
> <br>
> &gt; &gt;If the US Postal Service is allowed to tinker with E-mail,
> <br>
> <br>
> &gt; &gt;it will mark the end of the &quot;free&quot; Internet in the
> United States. <br>
> <br>
> &gt; &gt;Congressional representative, Tony Schnell (R) has even
> suggested a <br>
> <br>
> &gt; &gt;&quot;$20-$40 per month surcharge on all Internet service&quot;
> above and <br>
> <br>
> &gt; &gt;beyond the governments proposed E-mail charges. Note that most
> <br>
> <br>
> &gt; &gt;of the major newspapers have ignored the story the only
> exception <br>
> <br>
> &gt; &gt;being the Washingtonian which called the idea of E-mail
> surcharge <br>
> <br>
> &gt; &gt;&quot;a useful concept who's time has come&quot; (March 6th,
> 1999 Editorial). <br>
> <br>
> &gt; &gt;Do not sit by and watch your freedom erode away! <br>
> <br>
> &gt; &gt;Sen! d this E-mail to EVERYONE on your list, and tell all your
> friends <br>
> <br>
> &gt; &gt;and relatives to write their congressional representative and
> <br>
> <br>
> &gt; &gt;say &quot;NO&quot; to Bill 602P. <br>
> <br>
> &gt; &gt;It will only take a few moments of your time and could very well
> be <br>
> <br>
> &gt; &gt;instrumental in killing a bill we do not want. <br>
> <br>
> &gt; &gt;PLEASE FORWARD! </font></blockquote></html>
>
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