us govt to charge for email?

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  1. Osmer_Toby

    Osmer_Toby TPF Noob!

    Jun 4, 2003
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    i got this in my email today- is this another one of those urban legends, or is there substance to this?

    Federal Bil 602P

    Guess the warnings were true. Federal Bill 602P charges 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

    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

    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 representatives have 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

    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.
  2. terri

    terri Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2003
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    In the mental ward of this forum
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    Let that be your guide. :wink:

    I've seen it in the past, didn't know it was still making the rounds out there. It's crap.
  3. voodoocat

    voodoocat ))<>(( Supporting Member

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  4. Tonks

    Tonks TPF Noob!

    Aug 11, 2004
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    Up your bum
    Total hoax. It would be nearly impossible to implement, and even harder to enforce. And the American public would never put up with it.
  5. Corry

    Corry Flirtacious and Bodacious Supporting Member

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    Yeah, I got that forward a loong time ago. Doubt it will happen.
  6. GerryDavid

    GerryDavid No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Sep 18, 2003
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    Woudlnt surprise me if they tried to do it, charging for something that should be free. In ontario people in towns had to put meters on thier water pipes so they could be charged for the water by how much they use. That makes some sense since its not free to refine the water even though its covered by our property taxes, but now they want to put these meters on people's wells out in the country even though the government has nothing to do with it. The people had to pay for the well to be put in, and the well is on thier property, etc.

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