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FCC Relies Heavily on Christensen Associates’ Analysis in Recent Price-Cap Decision

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May 1, 2017 - Mark Meitzen and Phil Schoech

The Federal Communications Commission established a new price-cap formula for telecommunications business data services that adopted the Meitzen-Schoech preferred approach.

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Christensen Associates Submits Report on Postal Service Price Cap

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March 20, 2017 - Mark Meitzen, A. Thomas Bozzo, and Phil Schoech

As part of the Postal Regulatory Commission’s ten-year review of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, Christensen Associates submitted a report that analyzes the current Postal Service price cap and discusses the merits of alternative forms of price regulation for the future.

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Christensen Associates Help Modernize the U.S. Postal Service's International Mail Reporting System

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June 23, 2016 - Sam Cutting, Joe Henningfield, and Patrick Fogarty

The Postal Regulatory Commission has approved Christensen Associates' modernization of the U.S. Postal Service's measurement and reporting of outbound international mail.

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Christensen Associates Assists the Postal Service Office of Inspector General in Analyzing Price Cap Issues

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August 17, 2015 - Phil Schoech, Mark Meitzen, Casey Schuster, and

In response to a request by Senator Thomas Carper, the Postal Service OIG engaged Christensen Associates to update and extend a 2013 analysis of the Postal Service price cap system. The update confirms that the current price cap regulation is financially unsustainable.

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US Postal Service OIG Exploring 3D Printing

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August 12, 2014 - Sam Cutting, Brad Wagner, and Mark Meitzen

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released its white paper on the advancing technology of 3D printing. The USPS OIG contracted with Christensen Associates to assist on this study. Our analysis of commercial package volume data showed that 3D printing could lead to an increase in annual revenue of as much as $485 million due to new package shipments.

The ubiquitous first- and last-mile postal network would be a strong asset for connecting emerging 3D printing businesses with their customers. Additionally, excess space in postal facilities offers tantalizing partnership opportunities for businesses committed to fast, streamlined delivery of 3D-printed goods.

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Christensen Associates Now 100% Employee-Owned

Categories: Company Updates, News

June 8, 2014 - Dianne Christensen, Lau Christensen, and Doug Caves

Laurits R. Christensen Associates, Inc., a full-service, applied economics consulting firm, announced that the company transferred 100% ownership to its employees in March 2014.

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Minnesota Freight Rail Economic Development (FRED) Study Released

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November 22, 2013 - Mark Meitzen, Phil Schoech, Casey Schuster, and Jeff Carroll

Christensen Associates was part of a team that studied the potential for freight rail economic development in the state of Minnesota. The project, sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Transportation in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, identified specific opportunities for more effective collaboration among shippers, railroads, and economic development agencies, and transportation agencies. The recommendations made in the report can lead to expanded local rail access, complementary business development, and improved rail and intermodal service options.

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Final Report on Preserving and Protecting Freight Infrastructure and Routes Published by the Transportation Research Board

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April 19, 2012 - Mark Meitzen

A consortium led by Christensen Associates investigated issues related to freight corridor encroachment. The objective of this 16-month research, funded by theTransportation Research Board's National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP), was to provide guidance to public and private stakeholders on how to develop, preserve, protect, and enhance freight transportation infrastructure and routes for all modes of transportation. The final report is now available.

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Christensen Associates Finds that $2.5 Billion of U.S. Postal Service Costs Are Tied To Current Service-Standard Levels

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January 9, 2011 - A. Thomas Bozzo, Sam Cutting, Travis Grau, and Joe Henningfield

Christensen Associates investigated areas of potential cost savings for a hypothetical one-day relaxation of service standards—defined as the number of days from entry of the mail into the postal system until delivery. We identified approximately $2.5 billion in costs for FY 2010 that are partly or wholly related to service standards. However, because of the interrelation of functions, not all of these costs are available as potential cost savings from extending service standards by one day.

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