[VHFcontesting] Must read & react!!!

John Taylor, KC2JO kc2jo at brick.net
Fri Dec 21 06:05:56 EST 2001

This is old. Find a new one to send!!!
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: WB2ODHJIM at aol.com 
  To: jsileski.co at netzero.net ; jim3stereo at worldnet.att.net ; btakanabe at newport.com ; vhf at w6yx.stanford.edu ; wsvhf at qth.net ; vhfcontesting at contesting.com ; Waters6 at aol.com ; Wb2odc at tampabay.rr.com ; wswss at qth.net 
  Sent: Thursday, December 20, 2001 10:18 AM
  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 
  To: 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

  Outgoing mail is certified Virus Free.
  Checked by AVG anti-virus system (http://www.grisoft.com).
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