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Agenda and Panelists for July 10 Workshop on Inmate Calling Services

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Released: July 8, 2013


Federal Communications Commission

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500

445 12th St., S.W.


Washington, D.C. 20554

TTY: 1-888-835-5322

DA 13-1533

Released: July 8, 2013



WC Docket No. 12-375

The FCC announces the following agenda and panelists for a July 10, 2013, workshop to examine and
analyze policy issues related to Inmate Calling Services (ICS):

Welcome (9:00 AM):

FCC Staff

Opening Remarks
(9:15 AM):

Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn

Panel 1 (9:30 AM):

Consumers and Public Policy

This panel will explore individual and
societal impacts of ICS rates, rate reform, and increased contact between
incarcerated individuals and their families.

Deena Shetler

, Associate Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau

Alex Friedmann

, Associate Director, Human Rights Defense Center &
Managing Editor, Prison Legal News

The Honorable Patrick A. Hope

, Member, Virginia House of Delegates

Cheryl Leanza

, President, A Learned Hand, LLC on behalf of United
Church of Christ's media justice and communications rights ministry

Talila Lewis

, Founder and President, Helping Educate to Advance the
Rights of the Deaf (HEARD)

Tim Meade

, President and Chief Executive Officer, Millicorp

Charlie Sullivan

, Founder, Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants

Remarks from

The Honorable Bobby Rush

(11:00 AM):

The Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton

Lunch Break

Panel 2 (1:00 PM):

State Actions to Reform Inmate Calling Services Rates

This panel will
focus on issues addressed by states that have undertaken ICS rate reform. In

particular, the panel will explore how rates have been set within those states,
what the reform process has been, and how existing contracts and site
commissions have been taken into account. The panel will also consider
concerns that have arisen with disability-related calling and how states are
addressing those challenges.

Commissioner John Burke

, Chair, NARUC Committee on
Telecommunications & Vermont Public Service Board

Commissioner Anne C. Boyle

, Nebraska Public Service Commission
amalia Deloney, Associate Director, The Center for Media Justice

The Honorable Patrick A. Hope

, Member, Virginia House of Delegates

Former Commissioner Jason Marks

, New Mexico Public Regulation

Afternoon Remarks
(2:30 PM):

Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel

Panel 3 (2:40 PM):

Providing Inmate Calling Services

This panel will consider how ICS is
evolving to drive efficiencies while providing service responsive to the
unique needs of correctional facilities. This panel will explore the costs of
providing service, including costs that may apply individually or be shared
among facilities as well as how costs vary across type and size of
correctional facilities.

Commissioner Anne C. Boyle

, Nebraska Public Service Commission

Mitch Lucas

, Assistant Sheriff, Charleston County Sheriff's Office (SC) &
1st Vice President, American Jail Association

Lee G. Petro

, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Richard Torgersrud

, Chief Executive Officer, Telmate, LLC

Vincent Townsend

, President, Pay Tel Communications, Inc.

Peter Wagner

, Executive Director, Prison Policy Initiative

Closing Remarks
(4:00 PM):

Julie Veach, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau

Times listed above are tentative.


- This workshop is open to the public and will be held in the Commission meeting room, 445
12th St. SW, Washington, D.C. 20554. Attendees are advised to arrive approximately 30 minutes prior to
the start of the workshop to allow time to go through our security process.


- To view a Webcast of the workshop, go to on the day of the
event. Viewers may submit questions by e-mail to or via Twitter @FCC using
#InmateCallingRates in the post. In addition, FCC staff will be live Tweeting the event via @FCC.


- Updates to the workshop agenda will be available on the workshop's Website at
The FCC will attempt to accommodate as many attendees as possible; however, admittance will be
limited to seating availability. The Commission will provide audio and/or video coverage of the meeting
over the Internet from the FCC's Web page at Open captioning will be provided
for this event. Other reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request.
Requests for such accommodations should be submitted via e-mail to fcc504@fcc.govor by calling the
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 4180530 (voice), (202) 4180432 (tty). Such
requests should include a detailed description of the accommodation needed. In addition, please include a
way the FCC can contact you if it needs more information. Please allow as much advance notice as
possible; last-minute requests will be accepted, but may be impossible to fulfill.
We also take this opportunity to remind the public that presentations to decision-making personnel that go
to the merits of the Commission's pending permit-but-disclose proceeding in Rates for Interstate Inmate
Calling Services, WC Docket No. 12-375, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, 27 FCC Rcd 16629 (2012),
must comply with the Commission's ex parte rules. See 47 C.F.R. 1.1200 et seq. Interested parties are
also invited to submit written ex parte presentations in this public docket.
Please note: all public remarks made at the workshop will be transcribed and entered into the record for
this proceeding. Thus, it is not necessary for speakers making public remarks at the workshop to submit
filings in compliance with the Commission's ex parte rules.
For additional information about the Workshop, please contact Gregory Haledjian of the Wireline
Competition Bureau, at (202) 418-7440 or For media inquiries, contact Mark
Wigfield, (202) 418-0253, or
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