FCC considering cutting inmates calling costs
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Federal Communications Commission is moving to further limit how much companies can charge for phone calls made from behind bars.
The agency is taking up the issue during an Oct. 22 meeting. The proposed changes would limit the amount that could be charged on all types of calls - local, long distance and international. The move comes two years after the FCC, under pressure from families, voted to cap rates on inmate calls made from one state to another. Fees, which can boost the cost of calls by nearly 40 percent, also would be limited.
The FCC said that the latest changes are designed to ensure costs are "reasonable and fair."
The phone companies have said in briefs filed with the FCC that their systems require costly security devices.