FCC partially relieves state, local agencies from federal regulations for inmate calling systems

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has announced the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in response to his lawsuit, has issued an order that will save the state millions of dollars by partially relieving state and local agencies from federal regulations that Pruitt believes are unlawful.

The FCC had attempted to regulate the telephone rates charged to inmates for intrastate calls from prisons and county jails. Current federal law dictates that the FCC can only regulate interstate calls, however. According to Pruitt, the FCC ignored this limitation and issued rate caps for instate inmate calls…

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