U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan today applauded the plan announced by United States Postal Service (USPS) that would allow 234 rural post offices in North Carolina to remain open.
"This is great news for rural communities around our state," Hagan said. "I've fought to keep rural post offices open because they provide crucial economic and social benefits to the community. I'm pleased that the voices of residents in these communities have been heard."
Hagan wrote a letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahue last summer urging him to delay closing post offices until North Carolina residents could voice their concerns. Last month, when the Senate passed the 21st Century Postal Service Act to put the USPS back on the road to financial stability, Hagan voted to extend the moratorium on rural post offices for one year. Just last week, Hagan joined a bipartisan group of Senators that wrote another letter to the Postmaster General asking him to extend the moratorium on post office closings until postal reform is signed into law.
A 2011 Commerce Department report shows that more than 30 percent of U.S. households did not have broadband Internet access at home. Additionally, more than 25 percent did not use the Internet. Postal mail remains the one universal service connecting North Carolinians to commerce, government, news and social and civic institutions.