New FCC Won't Defend At DC Circ. Parts Of Inmate Call Caps

Law360, Washington (January 31, 2017, 7:51 PM EST) -- Republicans newly at the helm of the Federal Communications Commission told the D.C. Circuit Tuesday that the commission will not defend two aspects of an attempt to cap inmate calling rates by the previous FCC in court next week, backing off from capping intrastate rates.

The initial October 2015 order passed along party lines when Democrats were in charge, the FCC’s Deputy General Counsel David M. Gossett said in writing to the court, and then-dissenting Republicans Chairman Ajit Pai and Commissioner Michael O’Rielly do not endorse the intrastate rate cap or argument that the FCC properly considered industry average rates in...

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