• Report: #1471

Complaint Review: United States Government and Postal Service

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  • Submitted: Sat, March 04, 2000
  • Updated: Thu, June 20, 2002

  • Reported By:Tempe Arizona
United States Government and Postal Service
Nationwide U.S.A.

US Stamps for E-mails the U.S. Postal .Service will be attempting to bill e-mail users out of Alternate Postage Fees

*Consumer Comment: NOT TRUE.. IT'S A HOAX

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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 bill email users out of "alternate postage fees".

Bill 602P will permit the Federal Govt. to charge a 5cent 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.

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 50 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 inefficiency. 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.

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 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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#1 Consumer Comment

NOT TRUE.. IT'S A HOAX

AUTHOR: Randy - ()

First.. it's not true.. this hoax has been flying around since Email became popular.

Second... There's no such congressman as "Schnell" nor is there a "Bill 602P"

Third... This is almost the exact text used in the Canadian email charge rumor floating around last month. Here's an excerpt from the U.S. Postal Service's reaction to the rumor:

A completely false rumor concerning the U.S. Postal Service is being circulated over the Internet via e-mail.

The e-mail message claims that a "Congressman Schnell" has introduced "Bill 602P" to allow the federal government to impose a 5-cent surcharge on each e-mail message delivered over the Internet. The money would be collected by Internet Service Providers and then turned over to the Postal Service. No such proposed legislation exists. In fact, no "Congressman Schnell" exists.

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