FCC Tackles Inmate Call Rates, Foreign Broadcast Ownership

By Margaret Harding McGill (October 22, 2015, 6:30 PM EDT) -- The Federal Communications Commission approved rate caps on local and long-distance inmate phone calls, among other matters, during a meeting Thursday.

In a vote more than a decade in the making, the commission voted along party lines 3-2 to approve an 11-cent-per-minute rate cap for prisons and a range of 14 to 22 cents per minute in jails. The commission also approved a proposal to streamline the approval process for foreign ownership of broadcast licenses and proposed new rules for wireless broadband in high-band airwaves.

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, who has championed inmate calling reform, broke down as she spoke to a...

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