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Postal Service '100 percent behind bypass mail'

February 20th, 2011 | Alaska Newspapers Staff Print this article   Email this article  

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe gave reassurances on the future of bypass mail during recent discussions about postal services in Alaska, according to a news release.

"The U.S. Postal Service is crucial to Alaskans and our way of life," Sen. Mark Begich said after his meeting with Donahoe. "It is more than just a mail service; it is food, supplies, and medicine for our communities. The Postmaster General and I talked about how to continue improving services for Alaskans

including the importance of maintaining a viable bypass mail system."

The bypass mail system has been in operation since 1985, and it allows businesses to ship directly to customers in rural Alaska, bypassing the post office. The aim of the program is to lower the cost of living for rural Alaskans.

"The Postmaster General emphasized his support for bypass mail saying the USPS is '100 percent behind bypass mail - it is our universal service obligation' and I agree with him," Begich said. "I will continue to work with Mr. Donahoe to protect this program's essential stability for rural Alaska.


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