FCC Adjusts, But Still Can’t Implement, Caps On Sky-High Rates Prisoners Pay To Call Home

We’re used to saying that someone is a “captive audience” for a major monopoly, but for the millions of Americans living behind bars, that phrase becomes painfully literal. Phone companies that connect inmates to their loved ones on the outside have for years taken advantage of their position with sky-high rates and fees, but the FCC is once again stepping in to help mitigate the problem.

Back in 2015, the FCC adopted hard caps on the rates those monopoly businesses providing inmate calling services (ICS) could charge. As we explained at the time, prior to those caps calls from prison could cost up to $14 per minute, and were filled with fees and charges that hit inmates before the even got a chance to talk to anyone…

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