Mathematicians make heavy and frequent use of electronic mail for communication related to their scientific and professional activities. The American Mathematical Society is committed to working for wide and effective access to the Internet. This valuable tool would be threatened if universities were reduced to bargaining with private communications corporations for the rates to be charged. The Society and other organizations devoted to research should work to secure governmental guarantees of availability of e-mail services at an affordable rate.
Adopted by the Council in January 1994 so as to speak in the name of the American Mathematical Society.