On July 9, 2014 the FCC held a workshop to analyze the impact of, and discuss issues relating to, ongoing reforms of Inmate Calling Services (ICS).
Last fall, the Commission – in response to a petition that had languished for almost a decade – reformed what it concluded was an unjust, unreasonable, and unfair ICS rate structure by adopting a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Order) on the subject. Among other things, the Order capped interstate rates at $0.21/minute for debit and prepaid calls and $0.25/minute for collect inmate calling. These rates took effect on February 11, 2014.
By holding this workshop, the Commission highlights its continued commitment to ensure just, reasonable and fair rates, by hosting frank and open discussions with groups representing diverse points of view, including ICS providers, public policy leaders, elected officials, correctional facility officials, human rights organizations, and inmate advocacy groups.
We heard about the impact that the Commission’s reforms have had on inmates and their friends and families, but also learned that there is more to be done. For example, we learned that:
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