Some truth about Comcast - WikiLeaks style
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Sun Dec 19 23:30:45 CST 2010
On 19/12/10 8:44 PM, Owen DeLong wrote:
> You can send letters
Technically, this is illegal. You can send "documents" via FedEx and UPS.
> just as well as packages via the other carriers.
> The "USPS monopoly" on first class mail is absurd. In fact, FedEx, UPS,
> et. al could offer a $0.44 letter product if they wanted to.
No, they can't.
> They could not call it mail. They could call it "first class document delivery."
> However, the reality is that they probably couldn't sustain their business
> at that price point.
> The USPS doesn't have an actual monopoly so much as ownership of
> the term Mail almost like a trademark.
It's not just a trademark, it's the class of service. Just try starting
up a regular mail service, and see how far you get before they SHUT YOU
> What they do have is an infrastructure
> built at taxpayer expense that creates a very high barrier to entry for
> competition at their price points.
FedEx entered the package delivery market even though there was a very
high barrier to entry, and they succeeded.
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