This is all a hoax. The FCC briefly considered such an action in 1996, but
quickly dropped it. There is note on the FCC web page to the effect that
there are no open comment periods on such matters. Go to www.fcc.gov and
click on the internet heading halfway down in the right hand column.
The phone company can't tell the difference between modem to modem and
internet, and the proposed charge in 1996 was going to be levied against
Jim Altman firstname.lastname@example.org non illegitimus carborundum
http://www.altlaw.com/ 69-TR6#CC28754L W4UCK
[mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of Malcolm Walker
Sent: Sunday, January 18, 1998 12:46 AM
Subject: Re: Fwd: local phone Co. info NO LBC CONTENT BUT VERY IMPORTANT
How does the phone co. know that I'm using the Internet?
Further, I'm using a dialup server to my College's computer... if you get
charged extra for an internet call, what about modem-to-modem? I know the
local run-by-the-kid-with-a-basement BBSs aren't extinct yet!