After mere decades of playing a tug of war with the prison system’s communications leaders, Securus Technologies and (GTL) Global*TelLink, the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) has finally adapted a proposal to raise the caps on inmate phone calls from prison.
The bold decision of Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the FCC to put forth this proposal is quite the opposite of what the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) has been fighting for all of this time.
In fact, the FCC has garnered a vast amount of advocacy for the efforts they have tried to make in order to lower the caps and to make telephone communication from inmates to families much more affordable.
All the FCC has ever wanted is to propose rates that are “reasonable, and fair” in order to foster inmate relationships with their loved ones and families.
This does not come as much surprise considering the trouble the FCC has gotten into lately with their push to change the way inmates are charged for calls made from jail.
But, instead of lowering the cap they have been thwarted into an agreement to alter the previous cap between 11 cents and 22 cents to 13 cents and 31 cents in order to avoid more costly court battles and constant legal issues.
It is tragic and sad that the FCC has no choice but to succumb to the two inmate communications giants who claim that lower caps on inmate phone calls will significantly cut into their profits.
However, most would agree that the communication companies are just disregarding the bigger issues at hand so that they can continue to monopolize and earn higher commissions off providing their services to inmates in the American Prison System.
Since this decision of the FCC, an article posted on this topic at mo4ch.com states that some prisons may nix the ability of an inmate to make phone calls, period. Those that want to do this claim that inmate phone calls made from jail are not a right,but are just a mere privilege.
For now, we will have to see what sort of controversy this stirs up and wait to see how it all pans out until the proposal is addressed on August 4, 2016.