It’s always hilarious to me to see what kind of public relations large companies try to spin when they become regulated. Recently, the FCC has mandated a certain rate for telephone calls made from prisons. Now that might seem like a silly thing to you but there’s a lot of money to be made off of telephone calls coming in and out of prison facilities.
Prisons offer contracts to private companies in order to provide communication services to inmates and their families. It’s not like the capitalist market on the outside of the prison where you have plenty of options to provide you with phone services. Inmates must use the telephone services provided to them by the prison and the cost is put on their families. One company with hilarious PR spin is called Global Tel-Link, which makes over $500 million per year on these calls. https://action.aclu.org/global-tel
The FCC is now suppressing the price of a long-distance and interstate prison calls. This is obviously going to cut into the profits of Global Tel-Link and it is evident in their PR spin. Before the regulation, Global Tel-Link was drawing national scrutiny for charging exorbitant telephone call rates, as much as $1.50 per minute. This could cost the family of a prisoner over $300 a week to talk to their loved one. Watch this YouTube video that explains this even further.
The reaction of the telecommunications giant was hilarious. They sent their PR guy to tell news outlets that the company was disappointed in the shortsighted regulation handed down by the FCC, saying that it may disproportionately affect smaller prisons. They said that call quality may suffer, which is hilarious because if you Google the company you’ll see that call quality is already terrible. They used a bunch of flowery language to say that their disapprove of the regulation that protects prisoners and cuts into their profit. Good. Read more on Prisontalk forums.