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Re: Free E-mail???

Hey gang,
It's not true. (Sorry Groosum.) This one's been going around for a long
time. check the page below for more details. This is a GREAT source for all
urban myths.


Here's a short quote from the page:

        5¢ Surcharge on E-mail

        Congress or the Canadian government is about to impose a 5¢
surcharge per e-mail.

        Status:   False.

        No, this is not happening. There is no Bill 602P, and no
public-minded lawyer named Richard
        Stepp. Visit our A Long Pay From Home page for this hoax's tortured

Just trying to help out.


>Hey, this might affect us;( Sorry about the non-Groo post )
>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 your use of the Internet.
>Under proposed legislation the U.S. Postal Service will be
>attempting to bilk email users out of "alternate postage fees."
>Bill 602P will permit the Federal Govt. to charge a 5 cent
>surcharge on every email 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 U.S. Postal Service is claiming that lost revenue due to the
>proliferation of email 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 citizen received about
>10 pieces of email per day in 1998, the cost to the typical
>individual would be an additional 50 cents per day, or over $180
>dollars per year, above and beyond their regular Internet costs.
>Note that this would be money paid directly to the U.S. Postal
>Service for a service they do not even provide. The whole point of
>the Internet is democracy and noninterference. If the federal
>government is permitted to tamper with our liberties by adding a
>surcharge to email, who knows where it will end. 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 New York to Buffalo.
>If the U.S. Postal Service is allowed to tinker with email, it
>will mark the end of the "free" Internet in the United States. One
>congressman, Tony Schnell (r) has even suggested a "twenty to
>forty dollar per month surcharge on all Internet service" above
>and beyond the government's proposed email charges. Note that most
>of the major newspapers have ignored the story, the only exception
>being the Washingtonian which called the idea of email surcharge
>"a useful concept who's time has come" in a March 6th,1999
>Editorial. Don't sit by and watch your freedoms erode away!
>Send this email to all Americans on your list and tell your
>friends and relatives to write to their congressman and say "No!"
>to Bill 602P.
>Kate Turner
>Assistant to Richard Stepp
>Berger, Stepp and Gorman
>Attorneys at Law
>216 Concorde Street
>Vienna, Va.
>Groosum - "Into the fray!"