New Prison Rate Caps Could Help FCC Dump Court Challenge

By Jenna Ebersole (August 2, 2016, 9:06 PM EDT) -- The Federal Communications Commission is hoping a vote Thursday to raise rate limits on inmate calling services will weaken a legal challenge filed by providers shortly after their 2015 approval, but success remains uncertain given lingering questions surrounding the agency's authority and unwillingness to limit pay-to-play payments to facilities.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and Democratic Commissioner Mignon Clyburn have floated the change to rates set in October for a vote this week, proposing to increase an 11 cent-per-minute rate cap for prisons to 13 cents, and a range of 14 to 22 cents per minute in jails to 19 to 31...

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