Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/12/03

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Subject: [Leica] Re: Urgent: Long Distance Charge for Internet?
From: Jim Brick <>
Date: Thu, 03 Dec 1998 08:50:21 -0800

Hummm... I suppose if someone could figure out when an individual actually
sends or receives a TCIP packet destined to or from an address connected to
the "Internet" (rather than the building across town via local switch, but
still using the phone system), they might come up with some way to charge.
But it reality, this is an utter impossibility. All it does is show how ill
informed and outright stupid the gummint is. This would require a program
to look at each and every Internet packet, get the "to and from" address,
send that off to another process that would attempt to decipher who you are
and where your packet is going. And then attempt to somehow assess a charge
for this, and have that charge find you. AND ALL IN REAL TIME. Talk about a
bottleneck in gargantuan proportions... A processing nightmare.

Sorry... It's like attempting to censor certain Internet material.
Impossible. Once a packet leaves your computer (or someone else's computer)
the route is unknown until it actually makes it to it's destination. Long
distance fees, censorship, and the like, are all pipe dreams by gummint

Don't waste your effort.



At 05:47 AM 12/3/98 -0500, you wrote:
>"They" want to charge long distance charges
>for using the Internet !  E-a-c-h   t-i-m-e  !
>Please consider writing your House representative
>at the stated address.
>Andre Jean Quintal
>>Date: Wed, 02 Dec 1998 23:07:47 -0500
>>From: Julienne <>
>>Subject: Urgent: Long Distance Charge for Internet?
>>To: "C*h*A*O*S" <>
>>Date: Tue, 01 Dec 1998 12:21:40 -0500
>>CNN stated that the Government would in two weeks time decide to allow
>>or not allow a Charge to your phone bill equal to a long distance
>>call each time you access the internet.
>>The address is
>>Please visit the address above and fill out the necessary form!
>>If EACH one of us, forward this message on to others in a hurry, we may be
>>able to prevent this injustice from happening!