FCC's Pai Defends Course Change On Inmate Phone Rates

Law360, Washington (April 11, 2017, 7:15 PM EDT) -- Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai in several letters posted publicly on Monday rebutted Capitol Hill criticism over his backing down from defending in court elements of his predecessor's attempt to curb high calling rates for inmates, saying that the "well-intentioned" efforts of the past exceeded the agency's authority.

Pai, who took over at the FCC weeks before oral arguments were scheduled in a D.C. Circuit case challenging the rate caps, told a senator and 26 House lawmakers that a majority of the agency now that believes aspects of the FCC's effort were unlawful. The chairman responded to correspondence from Sen....

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