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New proposal would eliminate door-to-door mail service in favor of cluster boxes

ALBANY, N.Y. -- In another attempt to save the U.S. Postal Service billions of dollars a year, lawmakers are proposing a big change -- eliminating door-to-door mail service, which would require people to use cluster boxes, curbside boxes, or get a P.O. box.

The bill is currently being proposed in the House of Representatives and has the support of the postal service. 

Jerry Fassett is used to making the trip to the post office -- he's been doing it for 35 years.

"It's not been difficult at all, it became a routine," he said.

As long as he's lived in Altamont, he's never had a mailbox, a common trend in small communities throughout the United States. 

In 2012, the agency lost $16 billion, and the elimination of door-to-door mail is estimated to save $4.5 billion a year - but could send you far away to get your mail.

Safety is a concern for people living in larger communities, and navigating the way to a cluster box or the post office daily could be challenging for the elderly and disabled. 

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