The Issue

Americans love the Post Office and the services it provides. The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), the government body tasked with oversight of the United State Postal Service, has proposed a dramatic increase in rates that ignores the needs of mailers and consumers who rely on the service.

In 2006, Congress passed The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006, which gave the PRC oversight of the Postal Service and its rates. In the more than ten years since the PRC assumed its new role, the Commission has failed to drive needed change at the Postal Service.

Now the PRC’s commissioners have proposed substantial rate increases that will drive away business, resulting in less mail, lower revenue and a weaker postal service for everyone. Not only does this proposal harm the consumer, the PRC doesn’t have the legal authority to raise rates in this manner.

The PRC should be focused on driving innovation and efficiency at the U.S. Postal Service. Instead, the PRC’s proposal punishes the Postal Service’s remaining customers by dramatically increasing prices. This is unfair and not good business. Loyal customers should be encouraged to stay with USPS, not pushed out because they can’t afford their mail. Not only does this proposal harm the consumer, the devastating increases will directly and severely impact all mail, and with it the long-term success and viability of the Postal Service.

The PRC has multiple avenues it could pursue before increasing postage. Focusing solely on the rate increase will only drive away volume and weaken USPS.

Flip through MPA’s–the Association of Magazine Media–online magazine to learn more about the PRC’s problematic legacy and crushing proposal, and why we are committed to a strong, successful Postal Service that works for ALL Americans. Click here to download a PDF of the magazine.

Meet the Commissioners:

Robert G. Taub (R), Chairman

Tony Hammond (R), Vice Chairman

Mark Acton (R), Commissioner

Nanci E. Langley (D), Commissioner

Our Goals

The mission of the PRC is to “ensure transparency and accountability of the United States Postal Service and foster a vital and efficient universal mail system.” We call on the PRC to live up to its mandate.

The PRC’s rate hike proposal – as much as 40% over five years – would likely destabilize national mail operations and force some local newspapers, nonprofits, catalogs, and magazines out of business.  The American Mail Alliance urges the PRC to avoid these unintended consequences and reconsider the proposed rate hikes.

We are at a critical juncture.  The outcome of this proceeding should help turn the Postal Service around and preserve a viable postal system for decades.