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# In the United States, the Postal Service has a monopoly on

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In the United States, the Postal Service has a monopoly on first-class mail, but much of what is sent first class could be transmitted electronically. Electronic transmittal operators argue that if the Postal Service were to offer electronic transmission, it would have an unfair advantage, since its electronic transmission service could be subsidized from the profits of the monopoly.
Which of the following, if each is true, would allay the electronic transmittal operatorsтАЩ fears of unfair competition?
(A) If the Postal Service were to offer electronic transmission, it could not make a profit on first-class mail.
(B) If the Postal Service were to offer electronic transmission, it would have a monopoly on that kind of service.
(C) Much of the material that is now sent by first-class mail could be delivered much faster by special package couriers, but is not sent that way because of cost.
(D) There is no economy of scale in electronic transmissionтАФthat is, the cost per transaction does not go down as more pieces of information are transmitted.
(E) Electronic transmission will never be cost-effective for material not sent by first-class mail such as newspapers and bulk mail.
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02 Nov 2005, 04:17
I vote for A.
If there is not profit there would be no subsidy and hence no monopoly as per the argument.

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02 Nov 2005, 07:29
No monopoly= no profits= no subsidies.

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02 Nov 2005, 17:10
yup OA is A.
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