Items tagged "Prison Phones"

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Public Knowledge Welcomes FCC Action to Reduce Inmate Calling Service Fees

August 6, 2020 FCC , inmate calling rates , inmate calling service providers , Prison Phones

Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a Report and Order on Remand and a Fourth Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. The Report and Order asserts the FCC’s jurisdiction over “ancillary fees” and the FNPRM will propose to reduce rates and charges for inmate calling services within the Commission’s jurisdiction to ensure that inmate calling services are priced reasonably and fairly for consumers. Ancillary fees are charges not included in the per-minute rate for the call, such as an extra charge for billing a call to a third-party telephone number.

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Public Knowledge Applauds FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn for Championing Consumers, Fairness

April 17, 2018 Broadband , FCC , Net Neutrality , Prison Phones , Rural Broadband

Today, FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn announced her resignation after almost a decade of experience serving at the agency. She has staunchly protected consumers, net neutrality, and the economically and socially disenfranchised during her tenure.

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Public Knowledge Applauds Sen. Duckworth for Introducing Prison Phone Bill to Protect Consumers

March 8, 2018 Competition , FCC , Prison Phones

Today, Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) introduced the Inmate Calling Technical Corrections Act of 2018, which would clarify the Federal Communications Commission’s authority to cap intrastate inmate calling rates and address a market failure to protect American families who communicate with prisoners, inmates and detainees.

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Public Knowledge Applauds Sen. Duckworth for Introducing Prison Phone Bill

July 21, 2017 FCC , Prison Phones

Today, Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) introduced the Video Visitation and Inmate Calling in Prisons Act of 2017, which would clarify the Federal Communications Commission’s authority to cap intrastate inmate calling rates. The bill requires the agency to establish rules governing the procurement and use of video visitation and inmate calling services to make sure rates are “reasonable, fair and just”.

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Public Knowledge Commends FCC, Commissioner Clyburn for Limiting Prison Phone Rates

October 22, 2015 FCC , Press Release , Prison Phones

Today, the Federal Communications Commission issued an Order limiting the inmate calling service rates that can be charged for calls to and from prisons and jails in the United States. The Order finds the monopoly rates charged by providers “unjust and unreasonable.” As those incarcerated generally must call collect, the high cost of these monopoly charges generally fall on the families of the incarcerated. The FCC Order establishes a cap on the costs that telephone providers can charge, enabling families of the incarcerated to remain in contact with their loved ones — a factor numerous studies have shown helps prevent recidivism.

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Public Knowledge Calls for Action on Unfair Prison Phone Rates

October 20, 2014 FCC , Prison Phones

Today, Public Knowledge joins civil rights, media justice and labor groups calling for further action on unfair prison phone rates. Our statement follows the Federal Communications Commission’s vote to approve a Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to comprehensively reform interstate and intrastate inmate calling services for prisons and detention facilities.

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FCC Provides Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Inmate Calling Services

September 25, 2014 FCC , Prison Phones

Today, the Federal Communications Commission released further notice of proposed rulemaking on inmate calling services.

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Securus Leak of Prison Call Records Underscores Importance of FCC Oversight

December 8, 2015 CPNI , FCC , FTC , Prison Phones , security

Recently, investigative journalists at the Intercept revealed that Securus, a nationwide provider of phone and video services to jails and prisons, suffered a massive security breach when someone obtained, and then leaked, records of more than 70 million phone calls by prisoners across the country, along with links to downloadable recordings of those calls. Among these calls were records of “at least 14,000 recorded conversations between inmates and attorneys.” In fact, the Intercept claims that Securus has amassed a huge database of federally protected consumer propriety network information (CPNI, or “metadata” containing the number you call, at what time and for how long) and has been storing this data for years. The Intercept also reports that Securus may be selling access to this data to law enforcement investigators.

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