Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
In a decision issued today, the Postal Regulatory Commission ruled that it does not have the authority to stop the US Postal Service from closing the Careywood, Idaho post office. Former PRC chair Ruth Goldway was the sole dissenting voice. Goldway suggested that the decision was “probably illegal”, and that under the majority’s reasoning, any rural post office could be closed as long as customers could access the Internet.
“The majority decision here – despite the promise of a new general proceeding in which it will be challenging for average citizens to participate – in fact establishes an unreasonable precedent that mere access to the internet and USPS.com are adequate substitutes for post offices in any rural community. No rural post office would qualify as a sole source under this untested and probably illegal standard.”