Court Denies Motion to Delay Postage Price Increase
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. The court provided no explanation for its decision. The rate increase on newspapers is nearly seven times the rate of inflation, delivering a serious blow to already struggling newspapers. Smaller local and community newspapers stand to suffer the most. Congress also has the ability to intervene, and two representatives have drafted a letter encouraging the Postmaster General to delay the rate increase. The lawsuit will continue forward, with oral arguments scheduled for September 13th and a decision expected before the end of the year.
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Natalie Seales is a First Amendment Law and Policy Fellow at the News Media Alliance.