In the meantime, I bring to you one of the best examples of "bigger must be better" failures: The US Postal Service. On May 8, 2015 the USPS reported an operating loss for Q2 of $1.5 Billion dollars. Let me repeat: they lost roughly $1,500,000,000 in three months. That's a pretty hefty number to chew on, but wait....there's more. The cost of operating the USPS for the same three months was $18.4 Billion dollars.
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The Post Office was once a major agency of the government and included a cabinet member position of Postmaster General. And with good reason; at one point mail was delivered twice per day. It was the main method of communication, and the golden age for this amazing organization that managed to hand sort, carry, and successfully deliver probably 10 or 15 times or more the volume of mail that is distributed today. Infrastructure was invested in, more people were hired, logistics were refined. But somehow, with less mail and more automation, the service is crappier than ever. In short, the USPS is too big to succeed. It's a failing corporation that has a taxpayer crutch, keeping it out of Chapter 11 on the basis of "Don't you like your mail carrier?" (mine, Theresa, is awesome by the way) and "It's an amazing historical institution that we shouldn't destroy." and "Getting mail is still important to many rural communities."
My parents live in one of those rural areas, and they need mail. They can only get on the internet through dialup (yup, they use a 56.6 "baud" modem today to get an internet connection) because the infrastructure isn't there to deliver normal internet. Imagine then if the telecom companies (love them or hate them) had the ability to spend an extra $73.6 Billion dollars on infrastructure? That's an investment that would serve those ignored area, an infrastructure that would provide a meaningful service for years to come. Now imagine that junk mail companies, the last major killer of trees outside of law firms, had no vehicle to which to send junk mail. I mean, Fedex and UPS and DHL are hardly viable options. Trees saved. More vehicles off the road that were delivering dead trees. Happier people, free of junk mail, living in a cleaner environment.
Let's shut this down, people.