I think what you're proposing is actually deregulation. It's removing the regulations that currently artificially prop up the fax machine to create a whitespace. The other reasons as to why the fax machine may still be ubiquitous wouldn't hold up for long if it wasn't for that, just like they didn't in every other non-regulated industry.

I'm not against banning the fax machine, for the record. I simply think it's very risky because what history tells us happens is that using heavy handed regulation to remove something usually ends up with the same heavy handed regulation propping something else up... and that just becomes the new sleepy incumbent. That's when we end up with X12, HL7v2, or the fax in the first place for that matter.

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