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

 The News Media Alliance is deeply disappointed by Friday’s decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in the case of National Postal Policy Council v. Postal Regulatory Commission, preserving the major postage rate increases authorized by the Postal Regulatory Commission earlier this year. The court found that the Commission’s order underlying the increases was neither arbitrary and capricious, nor did it exceed the Commission’s statutory authority. The decision has serious consequences for news publishers, with the rate of increase on newspapers being nearly seven times the rate of inflation. This particularly harms small local and community newspapers, far too many of which are already struggling to survive. The Alliance will continue to work with Congressional leaders to find a solution that will help protect American news publishers and our communities’ access to high-quality journalism.

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