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This is not funny..........

Do the following if you do not want the USPS to charge you for your e-mail:
1. Send an e-mail to every politician you know of with your own statement of 
how you feel about this.
2. Forward this e-mail to everyone you know in an attempt for them to become 
involved in sending their politician an e-mail.


Do nothing and allow the USPS to impose their "tax" on the internet. But 
consider that the beginning of a tax is only the first step in an attempt by 
the government to increase it's revenues so that they can spend your money 
how they know it is best to be spent. The internet should be free to allow 
the free exchange of information. Tax this exchange and the tax will 
eventually kill the internet.

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Boy, The Post Office is out to get us. How would like to pay them for every 
E-MAIL we send or get?               

Subject:     US stamps for e-mails

     Please read the following carefully if you intend to stay on-line and    
 continue using email:

     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 
 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 efficiency. It 
 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 willmark 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 whose time has
 come" (March 6th 1999 Editorial)

 Don't sit by and watch your freedom 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

 URGENT!!!! Pass this along to all your email buddies

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