HR3888 Spam Text - 5 August 1998

Legislative RED ALERT!!

Below are links to scanned pages of the latest (5 August 98) markup language in Title IV, the spamming provisions of HR3888, the telephone slamming legislation currently being worked in the U.S. House of Representatives.

HR3888 is the House version of a similar, companion bill, S1618, passed by the Senate and already being used as a shield for spammers. The flood of resulting spam since S1618 was passed by the Senate (meaning it's *not a law* yet) has lead to the coining of the derisive term, "MURK" to describe spam claiming to be in compliance with the bill's provisions. The term was coined by outraged spam recipients in (dis)honor of the Senate's sponsor for S1618, Senator Murkowski. The HR3888 language closely parallels that in S1618.

There are numerous technical flaws with HR3888 language which make the whole thing worthless to keep consumers from receiving spam, or to keep ISPs and consumers from being forced to incur the tremendous cost burden spam imposes:

This markup to the already unworkable HR3888 is an abomination. On Thursday 6 August 1998 this markup language was passed by the House Telecommunications subcomittee. It will come before the entire committee in September. Call your representative *NOW* and voice your opposition. See
for further information on this bill and how to contact your congressmen.

Note: Title IV begins on page 27. The telephone slamming portions of this markup are not available yet, but those are not at issue.

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Last revised: 7 Aug 98