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Georgia K. Robinson

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Registered: 12/6/04
Posted: Feb 14, 1997 10:17 AM
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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

Dear Friends:

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 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

Cut everything above and send this to:

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


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