FCC Asks DC Circ. To Put Inmate Call Rate Challenge On Hold

By Michael Macagnone (July 20, 2016, 4:48 PM EDT) -- The Federal Communications Commission asked the D.C. Circuit on Wednesday to hold on to a row over its mandated rates for inmate calls, as the agency could lift the rate caps that states and call services companies have challenged.

The agency's filing said that at the commission's next meeting, on Aug. 4, it could vote in rate caps higher than the 11-cent-per-minute rate cap for prisons and a range of 14 to 22 cents per minute in jails the companies and sheriff's associations challenged. The FCC has said uncapped rates can be costly to the frequently impoverished families of incarcerated people,...

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