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    Exclamation Vote No To Bill 602b

    I recently got this in an email...



    Federal Bill 602p
    >
    > 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 costs.
    >
    > 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 noninterference. 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 602P.
    >
    > It will only take a few moments of your time and could very well be
    > instrumental in killing a bill we do not want.
    Have you seen my baseball!??!


    philip

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    Talking

    Oh yeah - if someone finds out that the information is false - let me know - i need to know how big of an idiot I am! ;D I'm gonna email it to the gov. and see what he says and were he stands on this cause I need to know if i want to vote for him or not!
    Have you seen my baseball!??!


    philip

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    Thumbs down BULLLLLL-ONEY!

    Origins: I will begin by pointing out that three similar but distinctly different warnings are making the rounds:


    Congress is going to impose a 5 surcharge on every piece of e-mail sent.

    The Federal Communications Commission is going to impose a per-minute access fee on Internet connections (or allow phone companies to do so).

    Congress is going to allow state sales taxes to be levied on goods purchased via the Internet.

    This is nothing more than a hoax. (Congress has never considered any such scheme.) The other two items have at least been considered, but no legislation has yet been proposed to implement either one of them.

    The "5 e-mail surcharge" hoax presents us with a new economic villain in place of the FCC and phone companies: the United States Postal Service. Beset by falling revenues now that people are sending more and more e-mail (and consequently less and less real mail), the USPS is supposedly going to impose a 5 surcharge on every e-mail message to recoup the lost postage fees.

    The Postal Service is one of those essential government services that's so easy to bash and ridicule. We pay little or no attention to them when they do their jobs; the only time we notice them is when they do something wrong, and then we grumble and gripe about how bumbling and inefficient they are. "They can't manage the simple task of delivering mail reliably and on time, and now they want to raise the postage fees again?" is the standard cry. So, it doesn't require much stretching of public opinion to portray the USPS as yet another self-serving government agency more concerned with preserving its existence than with serving its constituency. If the Postal Service can't get more money out of people for using its services, it's going to start charging people for not using its services. Everybody's gonna pay the USPS 5 per e-mail message for a service the USPS isn't providing.

    The whole thing is bunk. There is no Congressman named Tony Schnell; no Bill 602P (Congressional bill designations begin with either H.R. or S., depending upon whether they're House or Senate bills); no law firm of Berger, Stepp and Gorman; no such address as 216 Concorde Street in Vienna, Virginia; and no editorial in The Washingtonian. This hoax actually began with a Canadian version that was later Americanized.

    Belief in the legitimacy of the "Bill 602P" hoax is so pervasive that a question about it was posed by WCBS newsperson Marcia Kramer during a 8 October 2000 debate between two candidates for a U.S. Senate seat from New York, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Congressman Rick Lazio. Apparently none of the three realized that this bill is fictitious.

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    wish I would have known, could have saved you the trouble of all that typing

    http://www.hoaxencyclopedia.com/bill602p

    wanna good laugh? read about the hoax virus labeled "ANTHRAX"

    http://www.hoaxencyclopedia.com/anthraxvirus

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    Dan - no problem, pretty much cut an pasted from a similar site. Apparently, we DJ's are just as gullible as the common folk we play to. I have a rule, just one rule, when I give out my email addy to anyone;

    You forward me ANYTHING and I will hunt you down and shoot your puppy. If you don't have a puppy, duck!

    Why do some folks wish to believe this crap?

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