Sunday, April 22, 2007

Postal Service sells out to Time Warner

I'm sure you've heard that the price of stamps is about to go up again at the beginning of May but I hadn't heard a word about this egregious abuse of the postal service until today. It's simply ungodly. Is there any place left in our public services where corporations are not dictating policy?
[P]ostal regulators have now rejected a rate plan put forth by the Postal Service itself, and instead are preparing to accept a proposal from media giant Time Warner -- a rate plan that would stifle small and independent publishers in America. The plan unfairly burdens smaller companies (such as the publishers of Mother Jones, Ms. Magazine and Sojourners) with higher postage rates, while locking in special privileges for bigger media companies. The stunning move is an unprecedented abuse of the agency's discretion.

The Post Office simply should not use its monopoly power to favor the largest publishers and undermine the ability of smaller publishers to compete. It must be held accountable for a plan that could drive smaller publications to the brink of bankruptcy. With public involvement, we can reverse the regulators' decision and restore the postal system that has served free speech in America so well.

Why on earth Time Warner should even be making proposals is beyond me and I think they have this thing ass backwards. If anything, the big media corporations already have the advantage under eased consolidation rules and should pay more of the burden, not less.

There's going to a hearing on Tuesday. Working for Change has a petition at the link that I signed and I also left a outraged comment to be passed on to the regulators. I'd suggest you do the same.


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Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Lemme see -- Big business gets to manipulate postal rates. Big Business gets to control internet access. Big Business gets to control news broadcasting without any responsibility to tell the truth.

Maybe there's a pattern here, but I'm not sure.

11:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Big business wants the FDA to redefine the definition of chocolate:

Nothing, apparently, is sacred when it comes to making a quick buck.

(Recent discoverer of The Impolitic who is enjoying it very much.)

6:20:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

LOL Fogg. I was thinking the same thing myself.

Anon - I saw that chocolate thing. What a rip-off. I'm sorry I didn't have time to blog it. And thanks for the kind words.

7:26:00 PM  

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