Out of Its Domain.
As might be expected, the thought of bringing the USPS' particular brand of efficiency to cyberspace has not exactly been well-received. Critics of the plan, such as Mikki Barry of the Domain Name Rights Coalition, a nonprofit that lobbies for fair and open domain name practices, point out that the USPS has no relevant expertise in the area of top-level domain administration and argue that it would likely bungle the job.
If an amendment to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Reauthorization Act proposed by Rep. Chris Cox (R-Calif.) passes, the USPS will have no role to play in delivering e-mail. Cox doesn't just worry about USPS incompetence; he fears that the postal service would try to undercut competitors in a new area that threatens traditional mail. "We're concerned [the USPS] would leverage their existing monopoly and the advantages they have - not paying taxes, not being regulated the same way - to disadvantage their competitors," an aide to Cox told Wired News in August. "They've shown a willingness to play that game."
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|Title Annotation:||United States Postal Service attempting to carry electronic mail|
|Author:||Sager, Ryan H.|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Dec 1, 1999|
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