FCC proposes changes to lower pay-phone rates for prisoners
By Christine Mai-Duc This post has been updated. See below for details. December 28, 2012, 12:37 p.m.
The Federal Communications Commission has officially proposed new rules that would lower interstate pay-phone rates for prisoners and their families, an issue it has been considering for nine years.
The agency said it is proposing rate caps, eliminating per-call fees, and other changes that would lower the costs of keeping in touch for inmates, who in some states can pay as much as $15 for a 15-minute phone call.