At Long Last, FCC Takes Another Look At Prison Call Rates

By Kelcee Griffis (February 5, 2020, 5:46 PM EST) -- The Federal Communications Commission has kicked off a long-awaited comment period examining how far it can go to limit the skyrocketing cost of inmate phone calls, honoring a directive handed down by the D.C. Circuit in 2017.

In a public notice Tuesday, the FCC said it is seeking public input on whether and how it can regulate so-called ancillary fees, which cover billing and collection services.

In 2017, the D.C. Circuit curtailed the Obama-era FCC's attempt to regulate prison phone rates, finding the agency had no authority over in-state calling rates. The court said the FCC was justified in limiting ancillary...

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