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Released: November 13, 2013


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DA 13-2175

Released: November 13, 2013



WC Docket No. 12-375

Comment Date: December 13, 2013
Reply Comment Date: December 30, 2013

On September 26, 2013, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission)
released a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) on inmate calling
services (ICS).1 The Report and Order requires that ICS providers charge just, reasonable, and fair rates
for interstate ICS. The FNPRM seeks comment on, among other things, the additional steps necessary to
establish just, reasonable, and fair intrastate ICS rates.
Comments and reply comments are due 30 and 45 days, respectively, after publication of the
summary of the Inmate Calling Report and Order and FNPRM in the Federal Register. Publication of
this summary in the Federal Register occurred on November 13, 2013.2 Accordingly, comments are due
on December 13, 2013
, and reply comments are due on December 30, 2013.
The final rules adopted in the Inmate Calling Report and Order and FNPRM are effective 90
days after publication in the Federal Register. A summary of the Inmate Calling Report and Order and
was published in the Federal Register on November 13, 2013.3 As such, the Inmate Calling
Report and Order and FNPRM
will become effective on February 11, 2014.
Pursuant to sections 1.415 and 1.419 of the Commission’s rules, 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.415, 1.419,
interested parties may file comments on or before the date indicated above. Comments may be filed using
the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS). See Electronic Filing of Documents in
Rulemaking Proceedings
, 63 FR 24121 (1998).

Electronic Filers: Comments may be filed electronically using the Internet by accessing the

1 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).
2 See 78 FR 68005 (Nov. 13, 2013).
3 See 78 FR 67956 (Nov. 13, 2013).

Paper Filers: Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and one copy of each filing.
If more than one docket or rulemaking number appears in the caption of this proceeding, filers
must submit two additional copies for each additional docket or rulemaking number.
Filings can be sent by hand or messenger delivery, by commercial overnight courier, or by first-
class or overnight U.S. Postal Service mail. All filings must be addressed to the Commission’s Secretary,
Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission.

All hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings for the Commission’s Secretary must be
delivered to FCC Headquarters at 445 12th Street, SW, Room TW-A325, Washington, DC
20554. The filing hours are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All hand deliveries must be held together with
rubber bands or fasteners. Any envelopes and boxes must be disposed of before entering the

Commercial overnight mail (other than U.S. Postal Service Express Mail and Priority Mail) must
be sent to 9300 East Hampton Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20743.

U.S. Postal Service first-class, Express, and Priority mail must be addressed to 445 12th Street,
SW, Washington D.C. 20554.
Consumers Filing Comments via ECFS Express: The FCC has created ECFS Express, a web-
based tool, for consumers to more easily file their views on particular topics it has under consideration.
Go to, then click onto “12-375, Rates for Interstate Inmate Calling
Services.” Fill in the boxes for your name and address. Your email address is not required. Type in or
paste your brief comments and views on the Inmate Calling Report and Order and FNPRM. When those
are complete, click “continue.” You will then be prompted to “review and confirm” your submission to
People with Disabilities: To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities
(Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to or call the
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice) or (202) 418-0432 (tty).
The proceeding this FNPRM initiates shall be treated as a “permit-but-disclose” proceeding in
accordance with the Commission’s ex parte rules.4 Persons making ex parte presentations must file a
copy of any written presentation or a memorandum summarizing any oral presentation within two
business days after the presentation (unless a different deadline applicable to the Sunshine period applies).
Persons making oral ex parte presentations are reminded that memoranda summarizing the presentation
must (1) list all persons attending or otherwise participating in the meeting at which the ex parte
presentation was made, and (2) summarize all data presented and arguments made during the
presentation. If the presentation consisted in whole or in part of the presentation of data or arguments
already reflected in the presenter’s written comments, memoranda or other filings in the proceeding, the
presenter may provide citations to such data or arguments in his or her prior comments, memoranda, or
other filings (specifying the relevant page and/or paragraph numbers where such data or arguments can be
found) in lieu of summarizing them in the memorandum. Documents shown or given to Commission
staff during ex parte meetings are deemed to be written ex parte presentations and must be filed
consistent with rule 1.1206(b). In proceedings governed by rule 1.49(f) or for which the Commission has
made available a method of electronic filing, written ex parte presentations and memoranda summarizing

4 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200 et seq.

oral ex parte presentations, and all attachments thereto, must be filed through the electronic comment
filing system available for that proceeding, and must be filed in their native format (e.g., .doc, .xml, .ppt,
searchable .pdf). Participants in this proceeding should familiarize themselves with the Commission’s ex
For further information, please contact Lynne Hewitt Engledow, Wireline Competition Bureau,
Pricing Policy Division, at (202) 418-1520 or via e-mail at
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