Only if you believed any of that tripe...
"Arthur H. Smith" wrote:
> > Please read the following carefully if you intend to stay online 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.
> > 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 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.