Inmate Call Providers Warn FCC Of Possible Reform Appeal

By Margaret Harding McGill (October 16, 2015, 8:14 PM EDT) -- Inmate calling service providers banded together in a letter to the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday, forecasting a judicial appeal if the agency adopts the rate reforms it has proposed.

Inmates and their families have accused phone service providers of using commissions to pay off prisons to continue their monopolies on inmate calling services. (Credit: AP) The providers sent the letter after a conference call Tuesday with legal advisers to Chairman Tom Wheeler and Commissioner Mignon Clyburn to discuss the FCC's plan to cut average rates in half for all inmate calling services — local, long distance and international calls. Representatives...

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