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It *is* highly inaccurate!

President Clinton signed the Cox Internet Freedom from Tax bill last October 
21 (1998) when he signed the budget.  The Bill prohibits the imposition of 
tax by *any* government (US, state, county, city) until 2001.

Check it out on the House of Representative's web site ( and 
search on "cox internet tax".

A. Roger Turk, P.E.(Structural)
Tucson, Arizona

Vyacheslav Gordin wrote:

>>Has anyone else heard about this?

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 D.C. 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 non-interference. 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 efficiency. 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 (?) 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" (March 6th 1999 Editorial).

Don't sit by and watch your freedoms erode away! Send this e-mail to 
EVERYONE on your list, and tell all your friends and relatives to write to 
their congressman 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 don't want.

Kate Turner
Assistant to Richard Stepp, Berger, Stepp and Gorman Attorneys at Law
216 Concorde Street, Vienna, V?<<