2013-08-09 20:59:41

After decade of protests, FCC approves rules to cap prison phone rates

For more than a decade, incarcerated people and their families have petitioned the Federal Communication Commission to regulate the soaring cost of prison phone rates, which can be as high as a dollar a minute. They say the exclusive contracts states make with telecommunications companies put too heavy a burden on low-income families that can’t afford to visit a loved one in person. Today, following a two to one vote to lower and cap the phone rates, the chair of the FCC declared: “Their wait is finally over.” In Washington, FSRN’s Alice Ollstein has more.


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