[VHFcontesting] Must read & react!!!

Jeff Smith jeff.l.smith at verizon.com
Thu Dec 20 10:57:19 EST 2001

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Subject: [VHFcontesting] Must read & react!!!

I just received this email and as it states this is something we all need to
respond to.

Jim, W2ODH/six

Subj: Federal Bill 602P 
Date: 12/19/01 5:09:01 PM Pacific Standard Time 
From: info at corvettemike.com <mailto:info at corvettemike.com>  
To: wb2odhjim at aol.com <mailto:wb2odhjim at aol.com>  
Sent from the Internet (Details) 

To all concerned with freedom-compromising legislation:


Guess the warnings were true.  "Federal Bill 602P"  5-cents per E-mail 
sent.  It figures!  No more free E-mail!  We knew this was coming!!
Bill 602P will permit the Federal Government to charge a 5-cent charge on 
every delivered E-mail.   Please read the following carefully if you 
intend to stay online and continue using E-mail.  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 our use of 
the Internet.
Under proposed legislation, the US Postal Service will be attempting to 
bill E-mail users out of "alternative postage fees".  Bill 602P will 
permit the Federal Government to charge a 5-cent surcharge on every e-mail
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 US Postal Service is claiming lost 
revenue, due to the proliferation of E-mail, 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 person received about 10 pieces of E-mail per day in 
1998, the cost of the typical individual would be an additional 50 cents a 
day - or over $180 per year - above and beyond their regular Internet 
Note that this would be money paid directly to the US Postal Service for a 
service they do not even provide.  The whole point of the Internet is 
democracy and non-interference. 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 coast to coast.  If the US 
Postal Service is allowed to tinker with E-mail, it will mark the end of 
the "free"
Internet in the United States.

Congressional representative,Tony Schnell (R) has even suggested a "$20- 
$40 per month surcharge on all Internet service" above and beyond the  
governments proposed E-mail charges.  Note that most of the major 
newspapers have ignored the story the only exception being the 
Washingtonian which called the idea of E-mail surcharge "a useful concept 
who's time has come" (March 6th,1999 Editorial).

Do not sit by and watch your freedom erode away!

Send this E-mail to EVERYONE on your list, and tell all your friends and 
relatives to write their congressional representative and say "NO" to Bill 
It will only take a few moments of your time and could very well be 
instrumental in killing a bill we do not want.

I just received this alarming e-mail and wanted to warn you all and raise 
a call to action!

Mike Vietro
Corvette Mike
1133 N. Tustin Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92807
(800) 327-VETT x101
mv at corvettemike.com

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