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Alaska delegation responds to bypass mail report

Posted: December 5, 2011 - 12:48pm

The Associated Press

FAIRBANKS — Alaska’s congressional delegation says a U.S. Postal Service report on bypass mail in the state is inaccurate and incomplete.

Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich and Rep. Don Young on Friday responded to an inspector general report that concluded that the bypass mail system needs changes.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/uLUx5V ) the system in Alaska uses commercial air carriers to move mail and commodities to rural Alaska communities.

The post office subsidizes the rates. The Postal Service says it lost $73 million on bypass mail last fiscal year and can’t control its costs.

A delegation letter says villages off the road system deserve the same universal service and rates as other U.S. communities.

It also notes that 82 percent of Alaska communities are off the road system.

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