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More Data Sought on Extra Fees Levied on Inmate Calling Services

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Released: June 26, 2013


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DA 13-1446

Released: June 26, 2013



WC Docket No. 12-375

With this Public Notice, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) notifies the public that certain
publicly-available inmate calling services (ICS) contracts may be considered as part of the record in this
proceeding. On June 6, 2013, the Bureau submitted a letter into the record noting that certain readily-
available information1 may be relevant to a number of issues raised in this proceeding and may be
considered as part of the record.2 In addition, the Bureau submitted a letter into the record on June 21,
2013, noting that certain readily-available U.S. Census data may be considered in this proceeding.3
Further, the Bureau reminds interested parties that the Commission requested contracts and other
cost data and information that may be relevant to addressing the issues under consideration in this Notice
of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM).4 Specifically, the Commission "...encourage[d] commenters to
submit the most up-to-date information available regarding interstate ICS rates to aid us in developing a
clearer understanding of the ICS market. This includes per-call and per-minute rates, information on
commissions and what percentage of a rate they comprise, the number of disconnected calls, the average
length of calls, and how calls break out by type, i.e., collect, prepaid and debit."5 We continue to
encourage parties to submit such data in our record as part of the ex parte process. 6
The Commission's consideration of rates for inmate calling services shall be treated as a "permit-
but-disclose" proceeding in accordance with the Commission's ex parte rules.7 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

1 This information, a collection of prison telephone service contracts, is located online at (last visited on June 26, 2013). See also Human Rights
Defense Center, 2013 Comments, WC Docket No. 12-375 at 11.
2 See Letter from Jamie N. Susskind, Acting Legal Advisor to the Bureau Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau,
Federal Communications Commission, to Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary, Federal Communications Commission, WC
Docket No. 12-375 (filed June 6, 2013).
3 See Letter from Jamie N. Susskind, Acting Legal Advisor to the Bureau Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau,
Federal Communications Commission, to Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary, Federal Communications Commission, WC
Docket No. 12-375 (filed June 21, 2013).
4 Rates for Interstate Inmate Calling Services, WC Docket No. 12-375, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, 27 FCC
Rcd 16629 (2012).
5 Id. at 16645.
6 The Bureau also notes that the Commission has encouraged the stakeholders to negotiate reasonable solutions
amongst themselves. Id. at 16635.
7 47 C.F.R. 1.1200 et seq.

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 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 parte rules.
For further information, please contact Gregory Haledjian, Wireline Competition Bureau, Pricing
Policy Division, at (202) 418-1520 or via e-mail at
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