In February 2012, Reuters published my special report on who would be hardest hit by the U.S. Postal Service’s plans to shut thousands of post offices across the country.
By overlaying the locations of the post offices with demographic data from the Census Bureau and the Commerce Department’s map of broadband internet availability, we discovered that most of the U.S. Postal Service’s 3,830 planned post office closures would hit sparsely-populated rural areas, many of which lack reliable internet.
The report was published in The Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune.
In May 2012, the Postal Service scrapped its plans to close the post offices. Rather than shuttering offices, the agency instead announced plans to cut the operating hours of 13,000 locations with little traffic.
But the agency is still struggling financially as it waits for Congress to pass legislation that would reform its finances.