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From: Barkin David -CE <>
Date: Thu, 5 Jan 1995 09:58:07 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Modem Usage $ Costs Proposed by FCC (fwd)

I though that we should all be aware of this, since in the current
environment in Mexico its not unlikely that people here will begin to
get ideas!

David Barkin

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>Note this message from John Resing re: the FCC trying to charge for modem
>and timesharing (e.g., CompuServ) connect time. For example, users of
>services like CompuServ could pay as much as $6.00 per hour extra to
>access the public telephone network. As the message explains, this is a
>move from the telephone company lobby.
>If you are so inclined, you may wish to write a letter in opposition to this.
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>>Forwarded (from: FN_SYSOP) by Terry Liberty-Parker using timEd.
>>Originally from Jason Derose (1:261/1302.0) to All.
>>Original dated: Dec 19 '94, 19:34
>> Two years ago the FCC tried and (with your help and letters of
>> protest) failed to institute regulations that would impose additional
>> costs on modem users for data communications.
>> Now, they are at it again. A new regulation that the FCC is quietly
>> working on will directly affect you as the user of a computer and
>> modem. The FCC proposes that users of modems should pay extra charges
>> for use of the public telephone network which carry their data. In
>> addition, computer network services such as CompuServ, Tymnet, &
>> Telenet would also be charged as much as $6.00 per hour per user for
>> use of the public telephone network. These charges would very likely be
>> passed on to the subscribers. The money is to be collected and given to
>> the telephone company in an effort to raise funds lost to deregulation.
>> Jim Eason of KGO newstalk radio (San Francisco, CA) commented on the
>> proposal during his afternoon radio program during which, he said he
>> learned of the new regulation in an article in the New York Times. Jim
>> took the time to gather addresses which are given below.
>> Here's what you should do (NOW!):
>> 1-Pass this information on. Caprure the information which contains
>> the text you are reading now. Find other BBS's that are not carrying
>> this information. Upload the ASCII text into public message on the
>> BBS, and also upload the file itself so others can easily get a
>> copy to pass along.
>> 2-Print out three copies of the letter which follows (or write your
>> down) and send a signed copy to each of the following:
>> Chairman of the FCC
>> 1919 M Street N.W.
>> Washington, D.C. 20554
>> Chairman, Senate Communication Subcommittee
>> SH-227 Hart Building
>> Washington, D.C. 20510
>> Chairman, House Telecommunication Subcommittee
>> B-331 Rayburn Building
>> Here's the suggested text of the letter to send:
>> Dear Sir:
>> Please allow me to express my displeasure with the FCC proposal
>> which would authorize a surcharge for the use of modems on the
>> telephone network. This regulation is nothing less than an attempt
>> to restrict the free exchange of information among the growing
>> number of computer users. Calls placed using modems require no
>> special telephone equipment, and users of modems pay the phone
>> company for use of the network in the form of a monthly bill.
>> In short, a modem call is the same as a voice call and therefore
>> should not be subject to any additional regulation.
>> Sincerely,
>> It is important that you act now. The bureaucrats already have it in
>> their heads that modem users should subsidize the phone company and are
>> now listening to public comment. Please stand up and make it clear that
>> we will not stand for any government restriction on the free exchange
>> of information.
>> Please deal with this in a TIMELY manner. We can't wait and watch, or
>> we will
>> be walked over by government regulations that are trying to strangle
>> us.
>> Thanks,
>> Kenn Webster
>>Sorry if this was of inconvenience to anyone. I'm just trying to spread this

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