Campaign for Prison Phone Justice Opportunity – We have until March 25th!

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We have until March 25th to submit comments to the FCC regarding prison phone rates.

Here for Cap the Rates Guide, with more info, a sample letter, and how to e-mail comments.

“The Campaign for Prison Phone Justice is a national effort challenging high prison phone rates, including kickbacks to prisons from providers. We are advocating across the country for those entities that have authority over the rates to lower them where they are not reasonable. The Federal Communications Commission started a process to consider lowering interstate long distance rates in December 2012, and some states and local jurisdictions also have begun to look at local and intrastate rates. We want fair rates for all prison phone calls, and we support social justice organizations mobilizing at the state and local level to encourage action that will reduce the cost of local and in-state long distance prison phone calls.

The Opportunity
The FCC’s “Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” (NPRM) seeks comment on a variety of questions related to the cost of interstate, long distance prison telephone calls. Over the next 2 to 3 months the public will be able to share their opinions on what they think the FCC should do. It is imperative that families of prisoners and advocates submit comments and share our collective stories with the FCC to ensure that any rules the FCC adopts are informed by our input and experiences.

What is a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking?
A notice issued by the FCC when they are attempting to propose new rules or changes to existing rules. The public can submit for comments.

Important Deadlines:
The notice was published in the Federal Register on January 22nd, which starts the clock on a 60-day comment period and sets a deadline of March 25th for initial comments.”
(From Cap the Rates Guide)

“The time is always right to do what is right.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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