It's hard to know if comments over the Internet are reliable, so I hesitated to send this to the AP Stat listserv. However, on the chance that this may happen, I decided to share this. If you decide to act, please note the deadline was yesterday (I just received this today).
Kim Robinson DeKalb College, Mathematics Instructor Georgia State University, Math Ed doctoral student
This is a forwarded message:
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, EVEN ON LOCAL CALLS. 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 email box for your comments, responses must be received by February 13, 1997. Send your comments to email@example.com and 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 this one. Get the e-mail address to everyone you can think of.
Please forward this email to all your friends on the internet so all our voices may be heard!
John & Kim Davanzo, Battle Creek MI
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I am writing in response to the proposal made by telephone providers to the FCC. I do not think it is in the best interest of the general public, nor is it in the best interest of the economy of the United States. The proposed "per-minute" charge scheme would be highly damaging to the fledgling economy developing across the computer networks in this country.
It would also be harmful to researchers, students, and government agengies across the country and world-wide. If per-minute charges are allowed to be initiated, the effect would be a reduction of consumer interest, and a stagnation of academic progress and communications.
I urge you to deny the proposal as it would deny many people the right to fast communications, as they would no longer be able to afford the charges. Many non-profit organizations and research groups would have a much more restricted access to this indispensable mode of communication.
I urge you to do what is right for the general public of the United States, and for its many invaluable organizations. Please do not grant telephone providers' proposal as it is a monopolistic measure and would contribute to the rapid decline of services involved with the internet. You should consider how much economic damage this proposal will do to local access providers, major access providers (e.g. AOL), and universities as these groups attempt to develop and improve the communications and services provided on the internet. They would be hard pressed to deal with this new burden. Thank you for your time and consideration.