Re: is this fake or what?
"Me Uh, K." <email@example.com>
Tue, 2 Nov 1999 10:52:29 -0800 (PST)
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nope. totally false. http://www.snopes.com is an
excellent source for information on net-hoaxes (so is
http://urbanlegend.about.com ) If it sounds wierd,
lame, offbeat, and it came to you via email, try
checking it against either of the above sites.
Chances are at least one of them has proven your hoax
-mia k. (who likes internet practical jokes)
--- piLL <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
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> sorry if i sound lame, but is this for real??
> i almost dont believe it...
> >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 bilk email users out of "alternate postage
> fees". Bill 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
> D.C. lawyer Richard
> >Stepp is working without pay to prevent this
> legislation from becoming
> >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
> >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
> >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.
> >Kate Turner - Assistant to Richard Stepp, Berger,
> Stepp and Gorman
> >Attorneys at Law, 216 Concorde Street, Vienna, VA
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