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Market Dominant Price Adjustment

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AGENCY:

Postal Regulatory Commission.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The Commission is noticing a recently-filed Postal Service notice of inflation-based rate adjustments affecting market dominant domestic and international products and services, along with numerous proposed classification changes. The adjustments and other changes are scheduled to take effect January 22, 2017. This notice informs the public of the filing, invites public comment, and takes other administrative steps.

DATES:

Comments are due: November 1, 2016.

ADDRESSES:

Submit comments electronically via the Commission's Filing Online system at http://www.prc.gov. Those who cannot submit comments electronically should contact the person identified in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section by telephone for advice on filing alternatives.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

David A. Trissell, General Counsel, at 202-789-6820.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Table of Contents

I. Introduction and Overview

II. Initial Administrative Actions

III. Ordering Paragraphs

I. Introduction and Overview

On October 12, 2016, the Postal Service filed a notice of inflation-based rate adjustments affecting market dominant domestic and international products and services, along with numerous proposed classification changes.[1] The intended effective date is January 22, 2017. Notice at 1.

Contents of filing. The Postal Service's filing consists of the Notice which the Start Printed Page 72126Postal Service represents addresses the data and information required under 39 CFR 3010.12; three attachments (Attachments A-C) to the Notice; and six sets of workpapers filed as library references. See id.

Attachment A presents the proposed rate and classification changes to the Mail Classification Schedule (MCS). Id. Attachment A. The other attachments address workshare discounts and related information and the price cap calculation. See Notice, Attachments B and C, respectively.

The library references present supporting financial documentation for the five classes of mail and for First-Class Mail International. See Notice at 6-7. The First-Class Mail International library reference was filed under seal.[2]

Planned price adjustments. The Postal Service's planned percentage changes by class are, on average:

Market dominant classPrice adjustment authority (%)
First-Class Mail0.780
Standard Mail0.895
Periodicals0.832
Package Services1.007
Special Services2.536

Notice at 7.

Most of the planned adjustments entail increases to market dominant rates and fees; however, in a few instances, the Postal Service proposes either no adjustment or a decrease. In addition, price adjustments for products within classes vary from the average, sometimes substantially. See, e.g., id. at 15, 24 (Table 5 showing range for First-Class Mail products and Table 8 showing range for Standard Mail products).

Proposed classification changes. The Postal Service proposes numerous classification changes in its Notice and identifies the impact on the MCS in Attachment A. Id. at 56-58; id. Attachment A.

II. Initial Administrative Actions

The Commission hereby provides public notice of the Postal Service's filing and pursuant to 39 CFR 3010.11 establishes Docket No. R2017-1 to consider the planned price adjustments in rates and fees for market dominant postal products and services, as well as the related classification changes, identified in the Postal Service's October 12, 2016 Notice. The Commission invites comments from interested persons on whether the Notice is consistent with 39 U.S.C. 3622 and the requirements of 39 CFR part 3010. Comments are due no later than November 1, 2016.

The Commission has posted the public portions of the Postal Service's filing on its Web site at http://www.prc.gov. The Commission will post revisions to the filing (if any) or other documents the Postal Service submits in this docket on its Web site, along with related Commission documents, comments, or other submissions, unless such filings are the subject of an application for non-public treatment. The Commission's policy on access to documents filed under seal appears in 39 CFR part 3007.

Pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 505, the Commission appoints Lauren A. D'Agostino to represent the interests of the general public (Public Representative) in this proceeding.

III. Ordering Paragraphs

It is ordered:

1. The Commission establishes Docket No. R2017-1 to consider planned price adjustments in rates and fees for market dominant postal products and services and related classification changes identified in the Postal Service's October 12, 2016 Notice.

2. Comments on the planned price adjustments and related classification changes are due no later than November 1, 2016.

3. Pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 505, Lauren A. D'Agostino is appointed to serve as an officer of the Commission (Public Representative) to represent the interests of the general public in this proceeding.

4. The Commission directs the Secretary of the Commission to arrange for prompt publication of this notice in the Federal Register.

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By the Commission.

Stacy L. Ruble,

Secretary.

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Footnotes

1.  United States Postal Service Notice of Market Dominant Price Adjustment, October 12, 2016 (Notice).

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2.  See Notice of the United States Postal Service of Filing of USPS-LR-R2017-1/NP1, October 12, 2016.

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[FR Doc. 2016-25207 Filed 10-18-16; 8:45 am]

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