Postal Rates

POSTAL RATES

On January 12, 2021, the News Media Alliance and the National Newspaper Association filed a motion joining a legal challenge to a Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) final rule that removes a statutory price cap, that Congress approved with the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act in 2006, that tied annual postal rate increases to the Consumer Price Index.

As a result of this inflation-based price cap, increases averaged roughly 2 percent per year over the last 14 years. Under the new pricing system, USPS could increase Periodical rates for newspaper issues by as much as 9 percent and Marketing Mail (Total Market Coverage products) by as much as 7 percent per year for the next five years. This means that some newspapers could see their postage bill increase by 45 percent.

A large group of mailers that use the USPS for the delivery of Market Dominant products (First Class, Periodicals and Marketing Mail) have joined together to legally challenge the PRC’s final rule.  The News Media Alliance and NNA filed its own motion to intervene in this case so that we could express a unified industry position before the DC Circuit Court of Appeals that describes the negative consequences of this decision on newspapers – both large and small markets, daily and weekly. By current law, Congress is required to make any decision to change the statutory rate cap for Market Dominant Mail, not the regulator. In addition, the elimination of the rate cap will have a long-term, damaging impact on newspapers and other mailers – at precisely the wrong time – and ultimately degrade USPS’ finances over the long-term.

Scroll down to view articles related to the legal challenge, as well as detailed blog posts outlining the implications of the new PRC rule for news publishers, and other postal rate stories.

Latest Articles


Statement: U.S. Court of Appeals Upholds Harmful Postage Rate Increases
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Statement: U.S. Court of Appeals Upholds Harmful Postage Rate Increases

The News Media Alliance is deeply disappointed by Friday's U.S. Court of Appeals decision to preserve major postage rate increases authorized earlier this year ... Read More
News Media Alliance Urges PRC to Include All Periodicals in Reporting On-Time Delivery
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News Media Alliance Urges PRC to Include All Periodicals in Reporting On-Time Delivery

The News Media Alliance and National Newspaper Association filed Comments with the Postal Regulatory Commission about its proposed modifications to its performance measurement systems ... Read More
USPS Publishes Planned Price Increases
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USPS Publishes Planned Price Increases

On September 15, the United States Postal Service (USPS) filed a “Schedule and Predictable Rate Changes.” ... Read More
Postal Rates to Increase August 29
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Postal Rates to Increase August 29

On August 24, the DC Circuit denied a petition by the News Media Alliance, the National Newspaper Association, and others to delay the increase in postage rates ... Read More
While Its Finances Improve, USPS Seeks to Squeeze More Revenue Out of Mailers
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While Its Finances Improve, USPS Seeks to Squeeze More Revenue Out of Mailers

USPS just announced proposed postal rate increases that, in some cases, are seven times the rate of inflation. Here are the proposed rates that pertain to newspapers ... Read More
Statement: U.S. Postal Service Announces Staggering Postage Rate Increases
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Statement: U.S. Postal Service Announces Staggering Postage Rate Increases

The United States Postal Service (USPS) filed proposed postage increases that are, in some cases, seven times the rate of inflation. This increase will have detrimental effects on small businesses, including small-market and rural newspapers that cannot afford the increased costs, particularly as they strive to recover from the economic ... Read More
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