New FCC rules could hang up phones in prisons, jails [telecom]


WASHINGTON - Advocates for prisoners are hailing a move by the Federal Communications Commission to lower the cost of jailhouse calls. But sheriffs and phone service providers say the ruling could inadvertently hurt inmates and taxpayers, and even lead to some jails doing away with phone service altogether.

In an attempt to rein in rates, the FCC in October capped how much prisoners and their families are charged for phone calls, cutting some fees in half.

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