US STAMPS FOR EMAIL
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 overnment 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".
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.
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 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 pointof 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 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.
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.
to Richard Stepp
Stepp and Gorman
Concorde Street, Vienna, VA
Pass this along to all your email buddies