I now think the two-cent postage stamp option only applies to local/drop letters where the recipient is serviced by that post office. If one drops off a letter at the post office, and the letter should be delivered to a location within the coverage area of that post office, then the postage rate is two cents (see law on this page)
The laws says if the letter does not use U.S. mail (routes), then the postage rate is two cents per ounce.
Mail does not mean everything done by the post office. Mail means the routes, specifically ones managed by United States (the federation admin). Local letters obviously don’t use those routes.
Domestic is relative:
- Domestic means one’s kitchen if one is standing in one’s home.
- Domestic means federation activities and/or land if it relates to United States, in Congress Assembled.
- Non-domestic to United States means the 50 united states (and everywhere else)
Note that first class is synonymous with domestic.
Therefore, before proceeding, I want to say I see three types of, shall I say, correspondence:
- Local drop letters: two cents per ounce
- U.S. Mail / First Class / Domestic letters: 63 cents per ounce
- Non-domestic state-to-state letters: ?????? cents per ounce.
I want to find out what is the cost to send non-domestic letters from one post office to another. Perhaps they will tell me that they only have U.S. mail routes from post office to post office and therefore I must pay that rate whether or not it’s domestic or not.
United States (meaning govt operations) needs to get their work done, and therefore they have these mails/routes. They offer to take other letters for a fee.
Maybe USPS does not know what to charge for non-domestic, ‘without United States’ correspondence and therefore defaults to the lower drop-letter rate. I can firmly state the letters are not first-class domestic correspondence. I’m not going to back down on that point.
I did check if 2nd class might have the answer, but that is still U.S. mail (routes) and for letters without written correspondence (meaning typed in modern times). Likewise with 3rd class U.S. mail.
USPS is a not government. It’s a corporation. I think it was created by the federation. Not sure if the federation still owns it. Regardless, as a corporation, it executes the U.S. Mail routes. But it can have other customers, such as myself. I just need to find out the rate for non-domestic non-U.S. mail. I don’t work for the federation. I’m not sending U.S. correspondence. What is the rate for me?
Separate from this, as I noted in a recent post, USPS, a private business created by the federation administration, has a monopoly on carrying U.S. mail, but not on carrying correspondence. That’s the key point here. It’s not going to result in lower postage costs from USPS, as I once thought, but it does mean FedEx could enter the letter carrying business as long as they don’t call it U.S. Mail or use postal boxes wholly owned by U.S.P.S.