Re: [tomato] [Fwd: phone usages fees on e-mail]

John & Jan Taylor (
Sun, 11 Jan 1998 12:52:17 -0600

Please note that the following information is directly from the FCC's own
web page, located at:

"In December 1996, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requested
public comment on issues relating to the charges that Internet
Service Providers (ISPs) and similar companies pay to local telephone
companies. On May 7, 1997, the FCC decided to leave the existing rate
structure in place. In other words, the FCC decided not to allow local
telephone companies to impose per-minute access charged on ISPs.

Please Note: There is no open comment period in this proceeding. If you have
recently seen a message on the Internet stating that in response
to a request from local telephone companies, the FCC is requesting comments
to <> by February 1998, be aware that this
information is inaccurate.

The FCC issued an unrelated public notice, DA 98-2, on January 5, 1998 in
connection with a report to Congress on universal service. Pursuant
to the FCC's 1998 appropriations legislation, the Commission must submit a
report by April 10, 1998 on several issues including the legal status
of Internet services under the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Comments in
response to the public notice are due January 20, 1998, and reply
comments are due February 2, 1998. Informal comments may be sent by email to
<>. "

John Taylor
San Antonio, Texas

connie hoy wrote:

> Subject: phone usages fees on e-mail
> Date: Sun, 11 Jan 1998 08:47:57 -0800
> From: "Dixie A. Dringman" <>
> Reply-To:
> To: Multiple recipients of list <>
> Granted this is not a cactus story but for all of us that do most of our
> cactus contact by e-mail this IS an important issue. I know that a year
> ago the phone companies were talking about this and now...
> The paragraphs below were copied from another mail list. needs to be
> brought out into public discussion before it is put into law.  Note the
> email
> address where you can register your concern. Spread the word - note
> deadline is  2/13/98.
> *******************************************************************
> 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 internet service. 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, 1998. Send
> your
> comments and tell them what you think.