FCC's Pai Dinged Over Panelist's Prison Telecom Ties

Law360, Washington (April 8, 2016, 7:37 PM EDT) -- A prisoner rights advocacy group criticized Federal Communications Commission member Ajit Pai for not disclosing a panelist at a Wednesday event's ties to a prison telecommunications company Friday, saying it misled the public about the panelist's intentions.

The Human Rights Defense Center said in an ex parte letter to the agency that Pai and the organizers of the hearing on contraband cellphone use at US prisons should have disclosed the fact that panelist Dan Wigger's employer, Cellblox, is owned by inmate calling services company Securus Technologies. Wigger is a vice president at Cellblox, a company that makes managed access services —...

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