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Old 07-30-2009, 09:33 AM   #5  
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Originally Posted by Winged Wheeler View Post

One quick thing though. Fedex and UPS are prohibited by law from delivering the mail. They can be contractors for the USPS, but that organization has a monopoly given to it by the federal government. If you got rid of this barrier to competition I'll bet FDX and UPS, or some local outfits, would provide this service efficiently and cheaper than we have it now.

This is very interesting. I'd never really looked into this before. Back in the 1800s when this law was written it seemed logical and noble - ensure poor rural Americans have access to affordable mail delivery by making profit from the city dwellers to compensate for the losses to deliver to rural customers. Seems a little outdated at this point with all of the alternatives rural customers can use, yet the the rural mail customer is still used as the primary argument against deregulation.
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