Nuclear pore proteins interact dynamically with chromatin to regulate gene activities. A key question is how nucleoporin interactions mechanistically alter a gene's intranuclear position and transcriptional output. We reported recently on a direct interaction between the nuclear pore-associated TREX-2 complex and promoter-bound Mediator. This highlights how nuclear-pore associated adaptors gain regulatory access to the core transcription machinery. In this Extra View, we discuss an additional implication that arises from our work and the recent literature: how promoter elements may regulate mRNA metabolism beyond transcription initiation.