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For Immediate Release: August 9, 2013
Contact: Robert J. Thormeyer, 202-898-9382, rthormeyer@naruc.org

State Regulators Applaud FCC Action on Inmate Calling Reform

WASHINGTON—The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners issued the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission acted on fair and reasonable interstate telephone rates from correctional and detention facilities:

“Following the lead of several States, the Federal Communications Commission today is taking long overdue action to address unfair and costly interstate phone rates from correctional facilities. High interstate calling rates pose a significant barrier to frequent and meaningful communication between inmates and their families. Numerous States have already addressed this problem for intrastate and local calling, and we congratulate Chair Clyburn and her colleagues for tackling this difficult issue. There are several positive examples of how States have already addressed this with respect to intrastate toll service. Such service clearly remains subject to exclusive State jurisdiction, but hopefully today’s FCC directive will spur States that have not yet taken similar steps to consider making reforms.
--NARUC President Philip Jones of Washington, NARUC Committee on Telecommunications Chair John Burke of Vermont

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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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