In February 2009, the USPS announced that the FASTforward method for move update processing would be “retired” as of June 30, 2012. In February 2011, that June 2012 date was extended to October 1, 2012, and licensees were told they would continue to receive weekly data fulfillment through September 28, 2012.
On June 18, 2012, the USPS National Customer Support Center in Memphis, TN sent out a letter to all FASTforward licensees. In the letter was information about the extension and the License Agreements. Below is an extract from that letter:
“Current licensees will have their FASTforward License Agreement extended to September 30, 2012, per section 3.0 of the license, which states ‘The term of this shall be one (1) year, which shall begin on the date this agreement is executed by the Postal Service Contracting Officer, plus any extensions made pursuant to this Paragraph 3…’ Therefore, you will NOT be invoiced or charged for an annual renewal of your current FASTforward license. Your current license will be extended to expire on September 30, 2012 at 11:59 a.m. Be advised that any mailings processed under this license after the expiration date will not qualify for Move Update compliance.”
The letter goes on to provide some information about FASTforward licensees switching to become NCOALink Mail Processing Equipment (MPE) Data User Licensees or using the NCOALink MPE WAN (Wide Area Network) method.
If you are a FASTforward licensee and have questions about the information in the letter – or you did not receive a copy of this letter – you can contact the USPS NCSC Licensing and Certification Department via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling them at 1-800-589-5766.