FCC Poised to Restrict Prison Phone Company Charges (3)

July 15, 2020, 7:19 PMUpdated: July 15, 2020, 10:43 PM

The Federal Communications Commission is poised to vote Aug. 6 to rein in the costs associated with some prison phone calls, agency Chairman Ajit Pai announced Wednesday.

Pai in a blog post said a draft order would “generally” force Securus Technologies LLC and other providers to follow rules limiting “ancillary service charges.”

The order responds to a U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit remand of Obama-era rules that sought to regulate such charges, which include fees to set up accounts or add minutes.

Advocacy groups have criticized phone companies for charging higher rates for prison calls compared with ...

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