FCC Aims to Revamp Prison Phone Fee Structures

WASHINGTON — The heads of four leading prison phone providers are speaking out against new federal rules that would cap inmate phone call rates. In a joint statement to the Washington-based Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the companies claimed the regulatory changes would have “devastating” effects on their operations.

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Lowering Inmate Phone Charges

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) must lower phone call rates for inmates in order to maintain critical family connections and reduce recidivism rates, according to a congressional coalition.

The Congressional Black Caucus has called upon the FCC to eliminate per call charges and “establish a reasonable per minute rate cap” in order for inmates and their families to remain in communication, according to a statement by the Congressional Black Caucus.

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