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Old 03-09-2016, 10:58 AM
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Default New Rate Caps 8/4/16/ Updated - FCC rate caps overturned

Well this stinks...

http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2016/03/07/...-call-charges/
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Default UPDATE: FCC Made New Rate Caps August 4, 2016

Did anyone else see this? The FCC instituted bew phone rate caps a few days ago since the phone companies fought against the last ones and the intrastate rates never went into effect.

Intrastate prepaid phone calls should drop to 13 cents a minute in state and federal prisons and should take effect late this year!

https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides...ephone-service
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Once they become effective, the new rate caps for local and long-distance debit and prepaid ICS calls will be as follows:
  • State or federal prisons: 13 cents/minute
  • Jails with 1,000 or more inmates: 19 cents/minute
  • Jails with 350-999 inmates: 21 cents/minute
  • Jails of up to 349 inmates: 31 cents/minute


The price of local calls, at least in my county will go up 6 cents a minute.....but long distance calls from the jail will go down .19 cents The prison calls will be down drastically state-wide

Its about freak'n time!!
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Prohibit prepaid account funding minimums and prohibit prepaid account funding maximums under $50
Does that mean the absolute minimum is $50?? I can't put $30 on at a time?
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Does that mean the absolute minimum is $50?? I can't put $30 on at a time?
No, it means they can't make the maximum less than $50 and they can't make a minimum limit. Or they could say we can only put $10 on accounts at a time and charge us another $3 every time we have to reload. Or on the other spectrum, say we have to put at least $200 on at a time.
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Thanks. Right now our state's maximum is $50. Before the changes last year I don't remember there being a limit to put on.
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Thanks. Right now our state's maximum is $50. Before the changes last year I don't remember there being a limit to put on.
$50 seems really low to me. I go through that in 4-5 days. We don't have a max right now, but I'm sure there'll be one soon so they can recoup some of their losses! But $50 will go a lot further!
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So does this mean the appeals court made a decision on allowing the first rate caps mandated by the FCC? If the appeals court has not yet made a decision on those rate caps does this mean that these rate caps can also be brought in front of them and a hold be placed on them taking effect?

I looked to see if any new information about the appeals court had been released but there still seems to be no decision made.
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So does this mean the appeals court made a decision on allowing the first rate caps mandated by the FCC? If the appeals court has not yet made a decision on those rate caps does this mean that these rate caps can also be brought in front of them and a hold be placed on them taking effect?

I looked to see if any new information about the appeals court had been released but there still seems to be no decision made.
This article goes more in depth about what's happening behind the scenes. At the end of the day, if someone would do what really needs to be done and stop all the commissions being paid to the jails and prisons, costs would go down dramatically for everyone. Why should I have to pay Securus so they can pay TDC to use their services so I can pay securus more money to talk to my LOs?

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Default FCC Sets New Caps on Jail/Prison Phone Rates

The FCC had set caps on jail/prison phone rates in 2014 but implementation of those were halted by a court case that was filed by outside communication companies.

Now, as of August 4th, the FCC has set new jail/prison phone rate caps. They will not take effect right away as it has to be published and there is a waiting period after publication.

Read about the new rates and timelines here:

https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides...ephone-service
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Right now I pay just under 5 cents a minute I wonder is it going to go up? Thankfully we are almost done if it does
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With Dee out in December we won't really get to take advantage of these new rates, although GTL within California hasn't been so bad while she's been in prison (especially compared to San Bernardino County, crikey!)

Excellent news for a lot of people though
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FCC made a case for limiting cost of prison phone calls. Not anymore.

Federal regulators no longer are pressing to cut the costs of most prison phone calls, backing away from a years-long effort to limit charges imposed by a handful of private companies on inmates and their families.
The shift by the Federal Communications Commission comes as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Monday considers whether commissioners went too far when they capped prices for inmate calls that had reached more than a $1 per minute.

Why are they not following through you ask? THIS is why (from the same article):

But a week after President Trump tapped a new leader for the FCC, the commission’s attorneys changed course and told the court that the FCC no longer would defend one of its own key provisions that limited fees for prisoners’ intrastate calls.

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What a bad omen. Most people just have no clue the misery that this decision will inflict on people who committed no crime. People talk about public safety, but they think nothing of the long term consequences of isolating children from incarcerated parents.
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I'm afraid we're going to have to get used to much more of the same "tough on crime" changes again.

Sessions will be confirmed as US Attorney General tomorrow, the reincarnation of Ashcroft and some others who want to put everyone (except themselves) in prison, the harsher the conditions, the better they like it.
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I can only hope that some state level DOCs realize how exploitive it would be to let their sole source inmate phone/communications providers jack back up the rates of intrastate long distance calls too quickly. It's a naive hope. Jails are going to have a field day.
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Any new info on the FCC??
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Securus had something on there webpage about how there would be no immediate rise in their interstate calling rates. I think the problem is going to be with intrastate calls to jails and prisons. I hope I am wrong and the rates stay the same.
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The fate of reduced costs for inmate phone calls under Pres. Trump?

Here's a link to a recent Washington Post article entitled "FCC made a case for limiting cost of prison phone calls. Not anymore." After the newly appointed chairman of the FCC is finished removing internet privacy rules and killing net neutrality, the apparent next target will be to reverse the rules that reduced the cost of prisoner's phone calls.

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If I have a cell phone with and out of state area code but am in the state I'm calling that is still considered an out of state call right? Just thinking out loud.
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Yes it is.
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Court Strikes Obama-Era Rule Capping Cost of Phone Calls From Prison

WASHINGTON — A federal court on Tuesday struck down regulations that cap the soaring cost of phone calls made by prison inmates, in another rollback of Obama-era telecommunications rules.
In a 2-1 decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said that while the rates charged for in-state prison phone calls could be extraordinarily high, the Federal Communications Commission exceeded its legal authority in 2015 when it created rate caps for such calls.


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It sounds like the new FCC didn't even try to defend the new rules in court:

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The agency had been preparing a legal defense of its rules but that effort abruptly stopped when Ajit Pai was appointed by President Trump to chair the F.C.C. In February, Mr. Pai said agency lawyers would not argue to defend its rules in the court.

“Following the presidential inauguration in January 2017, counsel for the F.C.C. advised the court that, due to a change in the composition of the commission, ‘a majority of the current commission does not believe that the agency has the authority to cap intrastate rates,’” the court’s opinion noted.
No wonder it lost on appeal.

Looks like Trump's minions couldn't care less how much prisoners or their families are gouged on prison phone calls.
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