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Tue Feb 11, 2014

U.S. Rep. Rush Applauds FCC’s Decision To Lower Prison Phone Rates

The following comes from the office of U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL,1).

For three straight Congresses, Energy and Commerce Committee Member Bobby L. Rush introduced legislation and advocated nationally to dramatically reduce exorbitant rates that are charged for phone calls between incarcerated individuals and their families and loved ones. Today, Rep. Rush raises his voice along with these families in commending the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and especially Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, for its recent actions to lower prison phone rates. The new rates will protect families and their imprisoned loved ones when making phone calls to people in prison, jails, or detention centers.

Beginning today, February 11, 2014, and pursuant to a recently adopted FCC interim rate cap, interstate long-distance phone calls cannot cost more than 25 cents per minute for collect calls, or 21 cents per minute for debit and prepaid calls. Prior to today, interstate long distance calls could run as high as $17 for a 15-minute call at some state correctional facilities and jails. Due to the rate cap, the same 15-minute call cannot exceed $3.15.