States Slam Bid To Pause FCC's Inmate Call Rate Challenge

By Natalie Olivo (August 1, 2016, 5:33 PM EDT) -- Nine states on Friday blasted the Federal Communications Commission's request for the D.C. Circuit to hold on to a row over its mandated limits on rates for inmate calls, arguing that a pending vote on the rate caps won't change their inherent illegality.

The FCC in July had asked the panel to pause the case, saying that at its next meeting, on Aug. 4, it could vote in rate caps higher than the 11-cent-per-minute cap for prisons and a range of 14 to 22 cents per minute in jails that the states and call service companies have challenged. But in a filing on Friday, the...

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