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Released: December 12, 2013

Federal Communications Commission

DA 13-2379

Before the

Federal Communications Commission

Washington, D.C. 20554

In the Matter of
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Rates for Interstate Inmate Calling Services
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WC Docket No. 12-375
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ORDER

Adopted: December 12, 2013

Released: December 12, 2013

Revised Comment Date: December 20, 2013
Revised Reply Comment Date: January 13, 2014

By the Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau:
1.
In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) grants in part the Motion for
Extension of Time to File Comments and Reply Comments filed on December 6, 2013 by the Ohio
Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (Ohio DRC) in WC Docket No. 12-375.1 As discussed more
fully below, the Bureau finds that good cause exists to grant in part the Ohio DRC’s request for a modest
time extension for all parties.
2.
On September 26, 2013, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission)
released the Inmate Calling Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.2 In that item,
the Commission adopted reforms of interstate inmate calling service rates, requiring that all providers’
rates and charges be cost-based.3 In the Further Notice portion of the item, the Commission sought
comment on a number of outstanding issues.4 The Further Notice set dates for comments and reply
comments as December 13 and December 30, 2013 respectively.5
3.
The Ohio DRC requests that parties be allowed an extension of time to file comments to
those questions raised in the Further Notice portion of the item: January 13, 2014 for initial comments
and until February 12, 2014 for reply comments.6 The Ohio DRC asserts that an additional grant of time
would allow for “a more complete factual and legal record in this proceeding.”7 Three parties filed
comments in support of the Ohio DRC motion,8 and none opposed it.

1 Motion for Extension of Time to File Comments and Reply Comments, WC Docket No. 12-375 (filed Dec. 6,
2013) (Ohio DRC Motion or Motion).
2 See Rates for Interstate Inmate Calling Services, WC Docket No. 12-375, Report and Order and Further Notice of
Proposed Rulemaking, FCC 13-113 (rel. Sept. 26, 2013) (Inmate Calling Report and Order and FNPRM).
3 Id. at para. 5.
4 Id. at paras. 128-179.
5 See Wireline Competition Bureau Announces the Comment Cycle and Effective Date for the Inmate Calling Report
and Order and FNPRM
, WC Docket No. 12-375, Public Notice, DA 13-2175 (rel. Nov. 13, 2013) (Public Notice).
6 Ohio DRC Motion at 1-2.
7 Ohio DRC Motion at 2.
8 See Letter from Chérie R. Kiser, Counsel to Global Tel*Link Corp., to Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary, FCC, WC
Docket No. 12-375 (filed Dec. 9, 2013); Letter from Dennis Kaemingk, Secretary, South Dakota Department of
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4.
Section 1.46 of the Commission’s rules provides that “[i]t is the policy of the
Commission that extensions of time shall not be routinely granted.”9 Upon review, however, we agree
with the commenters that a modest time extension will more fully allow parties to provide us with more
fulsome comments that will facilitate the compilation of a complete record in this proceeding, without
causing undue delay to the Commission’s consideration of these issues.
5.
Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED, pursuant to sections 4(i), 4(j), and 303(r) of the
Communications Act, as amended, 47 U.S.C. §§ 154(i), 154(j), and 303(r); and sections 0.91, 0.291, 1.45,
and 1.415 of the Commission’s rules, 47 C.F.R. §§ 0.91, 0.291, 1.45, and 1.415 that the Motion for
Extension of Time to File Comments and Reply Comments filed by the Ohio Department of
Rehabilitation and Correction on December 6, 2013 IS GRANTED IN PART to the extent described
herein and IS OTHERWISE DENIED, and the deadline for filing comments to the Further Notice IS
December 20, 2013 and reply comments IS January 13, 2014.
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
Kalpak S. Gude
Chief, Pricing Policy Division
Wireline Competition Bureau
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Corrections, et al., to Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary, FCC, WC Docket No. 12-375 (filed Dec. 9, 2013); Letter from
Lee Petro, Counsel to Wright Petitioners, to Marlene Dortch, Secretary, FCC, Statement Regarding Motion for
Extension of Time, WC Docket No. 12-375 (filed Dec. 11, 2013).
9 47 C.F.R. § 1.46.
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