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10 minutes ago, walk in the woods said:

But, do you really want a federal government agency in control of the mail service?  Reading your email, denying you access to encryption services, watching your reading habits? 

The same concerns about "federal control over the internet" were the same, verbatim, as federal control over the postal service.

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13 minutes ago, CynicalScouter said:

The same concerns about "federal control over the internet" were the same, verbatim, as federal control over the postal service.

Sure, but like it or not there is an enumerated constitutional power to establish a postal service, and, I have options beyond the USPS.  Just because the feds have one power doesn't mean they should have all of them.

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36 minutes ago, walk in the woods said:

Sure, but like it or not there is an enumerated constitutional power to establish a postal service, and, I have options beyond the USPS.  Just because the feds have one power doesn't mean they should have all of them.

@walk in the woods, of course you would have the same options as today. But in addition,

  • You would have a service obligated to deliver to every station in America.
  • There would be more stations. (Instead of P/O closures, they would be openings.)
  • The penalties for hacking and mail fraud would be severe.
  • There would be more ways to secure electronic absentee ballots, and the accuracy and speed of counting them would be greater.

Simply put, what current ISPs do not do (secure digital comms from every household to every household), the USPS would do.

The downside: because you would be buying stamps for digital communication, or renting the means to download from (or direct line to) your PO box, you might have to choose between Netflix or DPlus to make the budget work.

There is also a downside in terms of development, of course. The USPS would probably deliver in a fast-enough fashion. Enough to get bills payed and send advertisements. But not enough to get up-to-the-minute stock quotes. Having paid "enough" for the basic, albeit ubiquitous, service, the public (users or sponsors) might have less incentive to purchase broadband. As a result, those kinds of things might not develop as quickly.

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It's probably easier to simply provide federal incentives and contracts to supply last mile broadband service.  I suspect that it will end up being a wireless technology anyways.

The FCC could administer the program.  If money needed to be raised for it, just place a small monthly surcharge on every communications subscription in the US.  The 95% of us that have good connectivity could fund the 5% that do not.

 

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