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Re: [EK] Hope its not true but...[Fwd: [Mid] e-mail legislation]

Poster: "William S. Page" <pagews@psyberia.com>

To all-

   If you want to read more about this, I believe the issue is discussed


To get an idea what people are saying about it, there are some random
comments at:


   I heard about this some time ago.  The note below doesn't really do
justice to the issue (neither does the ispfacts.txt document above IMHO). 
As it was explained to me the issue is very simple, the average voice
phone call is about three minutes; the average data (email) phone call is
thirty minutes or longer.  Since there is a finite amount of switching
capacity at the telephone exchange, that given capacity can carry one
tenth of the data calls than it can of the voice calls.  So, to provide
service at the same level, the phone company has to expand capacity, but
gets no compensating revenue.

   No, I don't work for the phone company, but I do run my own business
and I know that you can't provide infinite service for a finite return.
No one likes to pay more for anything, but the note below is rather
inflamatory without explaining the issues and that doesn't seem quite

   Respectfully submitted,

   Bill Page

On Mon, 12 Jan 1998, Brian Matthews wrote:

> -Poster: Brian Matthews <wilthain@handy-man.com>
> frank / lothair wrote:
> > I just recieved this message from a freind in Trimaris.  I don't know
> > the valitity in it but it might warrent our concern.
> >
> > ML Lothair
> >
> >   ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> >
> > Subject: potential e-mail legislation
> > Date: Sat, 10 Jan 1998 18:28:26 -0500
> > From: "Mark R. Evans" <iefan@southeast.net>
> > To: iefan@trimaris.com
> >
> > Folks, I don't "know" if this is true.  But, if it even only potentially
> > is, we need to e-mail opinions against it.
> >
> > >>>     Subject: FCC reg to charge for email usage.
> > >>>
> > >>>    Tell your friends, tell everyone who uses E-Mail.. This is 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. E-Mail, in my
> > opinion, 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, 98. Send your comments to "isp@fcc.gov"
> > 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 hear about this one. Get e-mail address to everyone you can think of.
> > >>>
> > >>>     FCC E Mail address isp@fcc.gov
> > >>>
> > >>>    Guys, this is really important. If we have to pay for e-mail , the
> > cost is going to skyrocket. It's about the only thing now that is
> > cost-effective. Please make your opinions known to the FCC.
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