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For Immediate Release: December 28, 2012
Contact: Robert J. Thormeyer, 202-898-9382, rthormeyer@naruc.org

NARUC Urges Quick Action to Resolve Unreasonable Inmate Phone Service-Rates

WASHINGTON—The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners issued the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on inmate calling:

“On behalf of the nation’s State utility regulators, we applaud the Federal Communications Commission for taking this action. NARUC passed a resolution in November calling on the FCC to prohibit unreasonable interstate rates and charges for inmate telephone service. The cost of interstate prison phone calls ranges up to more than $17.00 for a 15-minute call. Incredibly, it is less expensive for a consumer in the U.S. to call overseas than it is to accept a collect phone call from a prisoner in another State. Excessive interstate rates mainly affect prisoners’ family members and loved ones– who have no other option but to pay the rates, as phone calls are the primary means of communication. We urge the FCC to act quickly on this matter. In addition, we also thank Commissioner Mignon Clyburn for her leadership and persistence on this issue”
--NARUC President Philip Jones of Washington, NARUC Committee on Telecommunications Chair John Burke of Vermont, and Commissioner Anne Boyle of Nebraska, sponsor of the NARUC resolution

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NARUC is a non-profit organization founded in 1889 whose members include the governmental agencies that are engaged in the regulation of utilities and carriers in the fifty States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. NARUC's member agencies regulate telecommunications, energy, and water utilities. NARUC represents the interests of State public utility commissions before the three branches of the Federal government.

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