PRC Sets Hearings for Periodicals Complaint
The PRC also asked participants to reserve July 1 for completion of the hearings.
In the Jan. 12 filing, publishers such as Time Warner, Conde Nast Publications, Reader's Digest Association, Newsweek and TV Guide Magazine Group proposed to study periodicals rates, conduct hearings on the topic and issue a plan for an alternative periodicals rate schedule to the U.S. Postal Service's Board of Governors.
The publishers seek approval by the USPS to take over more mail outsourcing work from the postal service in exchange for cheaper mailing rates.
The structure the publishers advocate is often called bottom-up pricing. In general, large periodicals mailers support this concept and smaller ones do not.
The USPS asked the PRC in February to dismiss the complaint, stating that "the concerns raised [in the complaint] do not require any substantive response by the commission at this time."