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The same hoax pervaded Canada too!

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From: Vyacheslav Gordin <scgordin(--nospam--at)>
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Date: Wednesday, June 09, 1999 9:49 AM
Subject: Hopefully, it's a Hoax

>Has anyone else heard about this?
>The last few months have revealed an alarming trend in the Government of
>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
>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
>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
>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
>end of the "free" Internet in the United States. One congressman, Tony
>Schnell (?) has even suggested a "twenty to forty dollar per month
>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
>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?
>Get Free Email and Do More On The Web. Visit