The commission agreed with American Business Media and McGraw-Hill Cos. that the existing structure is not unlawful but said it could be improved. The complaint was filed in January 2004.
McGraw-Hill and ABM presented testimony from Crain Communications Inc., publisher of Media Business; Hanley Wood; McGraw-Hill; and VNU to support their position.
The companies contended that had the complaint gone through, it would have had a substantially adverse impact on small publications.
Gordon Hughes II, ABM president-CEO, said in a statement that the organization was "quite pleased with the decision and gratified that the Postal Rate Commission continues to safeguard the interests of smaller-circulation periodicals."