Here's what U.S. Senator Tim Hutchinson's website has to say about bill 602P:
The following is copied from his website (http://www.senate.gov/~hutchinson/
, the link to this article is at the bottom of his page...):
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Frequently Asked Question
What is "Bill 602P"?
As you may know, a rumor is being circulated on the Internet claiming that a "Congressman Schnell" has recently introduced "Bill 602P." The bill would purportedly allow the federal government to impose a 5-cent surcharge on all e-mail messages sent over the Internet. All revenues would be turned over to the U.S. Postal Service.
Let me clarify that neither Congress nor any federal government agency is considering assessing new charges on Internet traffic or changing the way consumers obtain and pay for access to the Internet. This rumor is completely false. No such congressman exists and bills are not numbered in this fashion. Moreover, the Postal Service has no authority to surcharge e-mail messages sent over the Internet and a proposal to grant this authority to the Postal Service would have little or no support in Congress. At any rate, you can be sure that as your senator I would not support such legislation.
In just a few years, the Internet has become a fixture in our daily commerce, entertainment, and communication. Most importantly, it has become a vital tool in educating our children. As cyberspace continues to grow at a rapid pace, Congress must grapple with the challenge of regulating unchartered territory. Please be assured that as the Senate considers legislation affecting the Internet, I will do my best to ensure that all Arkansans receive an equal opportunity to utilize this important resource.
And here's a link from Representative Mark Green's website about 602P: http://www.house.gov/markgreen/
(the link is on the left, in the "What's New" section)...
Incidentally, the way I knew it was a hoax, was that I had seen it before, and it had been a hoax before also... Last time I had looked up the roster of Congressmen and women (congress.gov), and had searched the House and Senate archives for that bill (even with the S and HR added to it)... [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img]
This link goes to a USPS press release: http://www.usps.com/news/press/99/99045new.htm
Tom, I didn't and don't mean to sound like I was (am) being abrasive or impolite or anything like that, if I did (do), I apologize... [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img]
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