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POSTAL AFFAIRS

Newspapers today are among the leading local users of postal services. Although small market daily and weekly newspapers often use Periodicals mail for delivery of their publications, the mail class that newspapers use the most is Standard Mail, primarily for the delivery of "Total Market Coverage” products (ad inserts to non-subscribers). NAA advocates, on behalf of the newspaper industry, to ensure that postal policies on rates, new services and mail entry are fair and do not adversely impact the long-standing partnership between newspapers and the U.S. Postal Service.

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USPS Proposes New Rates for 2015, effective April 26

January 21, 2015

On January 15, the Postal Service filed notice of an increase in market-dominant postage rates, to take effect on April 26. Based on cumulative inflation since the effective date of the last increase, the Postal Service’s overall increase averages 1.966 percent, apportioned essentially evenly among the classes as required by the price cap rules governing such increases

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Appeals court hears NAA lawsuit challenging Valassis NSA

September 24, 2013

On September 19, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard the oral argument in Newspaper Association of America v. Postal Regulatory Commission — NAA's lawsuit challenging the PRC's approval of the USPS / Valassis negotiated services agreement (NSA). Robert Long of Covington & Burling argued the case on behalf of NAA before Judges Griffith, Henderson and Randolph.

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NAA convinces USPS to create rate category that could benefit TMCs

October 16, 2012

It has been a long time since we received good news from the U.S. Postal Service. That came on Thursday, when the USPS filed its annual rate changes with the Postal Regulatory Commission. The filing contains a new rate category, high density plus, for standard mail flats such as newspapers’ total market coverage products.

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Postal Regulatory Commission approves Valassis special rate deal; NAA files appeal

September 21, 2012

The Postal Regulatory Commission on Thursday, August 23, approved a negotiated services agreement between the U.S. Postal Service and Valassis Direct Mail, despite the opposition of NAA, individual newspapers, its own Public Representative, numerous members of Congress and the majority of other commenters, including media placement firms Vertis and Geomentum. The vote was 4-1, with Commissioner Tony Hammond dissenting. Within 24 hours of the decision, NAA filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and filed an emergency motion for a stay of the decision.

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Responses to inquiry reveal growing opposition to Valassis NSA

July 10, 2012

More than 30 newspaper companies, representing thousands of daily and weekly newspapers, provided detailed responses to the Postal Regulatory Commission’s notice of inquiry on the proposed special postage-rate deal (or negotiated service agreement) for Valassis Direct Mail.

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