Country must preserve communication network

One of the few provisions mandated by our U.S. Constitution is the maintenance of a postal network. Our Founding Fathers knew that the creation of a communications link for all Americans is central to our democracy. There are those who say that the Postal Service is outdated in this modern world, a contention that is simply not true.

The physical network of the USPS, visiting every home and business six days per week, is an item of infrastructure that is incredibly valuable and should be protected and expanded. The explosion in the parcel business for the Postal Service may lead to seven-day delivery for parcels, but we need to keep other types of mail at six days. If Congress stops the federal government from raiding USPS profits, there is no need to cut service, which by itself will drive away more business.

However, let’s go beyond that physical network and adapt the Postal Service to 21st century technology. If it is supposed to be the universal communications link, Congress should reform the USPS to allow it to create a nationwide high-speed Internet service. It could be done at a far cheaper rate than Time-Warner, Verizon and all the others who are allowed to gouge the consumer. It could be the electronic equivalent of charging 46 cents to send a letter across the country.

That combination of 21st century technology, the physical network of the greatest delivery system in the world and the freedom to operate for the good of the American people will ensure a healthy Postal Service for many decades to come.

Renee Baron