USA Today: Sen. Jon Tester: Save six-day delivery

As a Montana farmer, I know full well that living and working in rural America comes with its share of challenges. I also know full well that if you can’t make ends meet, you had better make some changes.

Nevertheless, six-day mail delivery is a fundamental service (a service, not a business) that sustains rural and frontier communities across America. If we go down that road, we’ll never go back. And it will disproportionately hurt rural communities.

In rural states such as Montana, we receive more mail than we send — from life-saving medical supplies to farm equipment to prescription drugs and business transactions. Six-day service keeps small businesses — and more important, the people who run them — healthy and competitive. It levels the playing field in vast regions of this country with little or no access to broadband.

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