News/Media Alliance Sends Letter to USPS Board of Governors on Critical Entry Time Proposed Change

The News/Media Alliance sent a letter to the United States Postal Service Board of Governors on Friday before their next scheduled meeting on Tuesday, August 9 to discuss a proposed change in Periodicals Critical Entry Times (CETs). The Postal Service filed a request at the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) on April 22 to change CETs for Periodicals mail to 8 am. Periodical mailings currently have as many as five different CETs, depending on the nature of the mailing and the facility.

The Alliance and MPA previously filed comments with the PRC asserting: (1) that the Postal Service’s proposal requires that it seek an advisory opinion from the PRC prior to implementation; and (2) that the proposal will harm publishers who must meet tight production, printing, and delivery schedules. While the PRC agreed with us and has ordered the Postal Service to request an advisory opinion before implementing its proposed CET modifications, the ultimate implementation decision lies with the Postal Service itself. The Alliance will continue to keep you apprised.

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