ISP Connection Fees -- Tomorrow's A Deadline...
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Wed, 12 Feb 97 16:31:43 -0800
Subject: ISP Connection Fees -- Tomorrow's A Deadline...
> ***THIS IS IMPORTANT TO ALL THOSE IN THE U.S. CONNECTING TO THE
> *****LISTEN UP!!!*****
> Every regional phone company in the U.S. is asking the F.C.C. to allow
> them to charge access fees to all internet service providers. ISP's
> have been exempt from such charges since 1983, something that has
> helped keep our monthly INET connection charges low. If the F.C.C.
> decides to allow phone companies to begin charging ISP's, such charges
> will be based upon every minute that a customer is connected, and
> passed along to each customer.
> To give you an idea of how much additional you could end up paying
> a month, here's one example:
> Pacific Bell says that INET surfers use it's phone lines an
> average of 45 minutes a day. If PacBell was allowed to charge only
> 1 cent per minute, this would increase the average customers bill
> $13.50 a month, over and above what is paid now.
> Let's suppose a customer is connected for an average of
> 3 hours a day. The monthly bill would then increase $54.00. That's
> *over and above what your ISP charges now*. If you pay $19.95 a
> month now for unlimited time connected, your bill in the future
> (at 3 hours a day) would then be $73.95 a month.
> It is most unusual for the F.C.C. to set up an e-mail address
> for the public to comment. If we don't take advantage of it, we
> will end up paying for it in the pocketbook.
> Please read the message below, and note that we have only until
> February 13 to send comments to the F.C.C. NOW IS THE TIME FOR
> US TO GENERATE A MAIL FLOOD TO COMPLAIN.
> Both the President and Vice-President have touted their goal is
> to have every home in the country connected by the year 2000. If
> the phone companies are allowed to charge us by the minute, that
> plan will be shot down in flames. It wouldn't be a bad idea either
> to let both Clinton and Gore know what you think.
> I am writing you this to inform you of a very important matter
> currently under review by the FCC. Your local telephone company has
> filed a proposal with the FCC to impose per minute charges for your
> internet service. They contend that your usage has or will hinder
> the operation of the telephone network.
> It is my belief that internet usage will diminish if users were
> required to pay additional per minute charges. The FCC has created
> an e-mail box for your comments, responses must be received by
> February 13, 1997. Send your comments to:
> Tell them what you think!
> Every phone company is in on this one, and they are trying to sneak
> it in just under the wire for litigation. Let everyone you know
> here this one. Get the e-mail address to everyone you can think of.
> !!!! >>>>>>>>>>>>>> ISP@fcc.gov <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<!!!!!
> Please forward this e-mail to all your friends on the internet so all
> our voices may be heard!
© 1997 Peter Langston