Since the beginning of the Post Office and the Postal Act of 1792, certain types of mail have qualified for lower postage through preferred rates. It was assumed that these types of mailings yield social benefits for senders, recipients, and more importantly, a large nation. Preferred rates’ roots trace to the first federal postal policy, which recognized that disseminating newspapers at below-cost postage would advance the important social goal of educating the electorate. Soon after, magazines received special rates.
Who would have thought ideas meant to facilitate mail delivery would not only help nearly everyone in the country, but also boost the economy as well?
Take, for instance, the U.S. Postal Service’s Address Management System (AMS), a database of around 127 million deliverable addresses....Read More