Although the U.S. Court of Appeals granted a stay on FCC rules regarding rates and ancillary fees, safe harbor rates and an annual reporting requirement for inmate phone providers, the rate caps of .21 and .25 cents per minute remain in place. These new rates will become effective on February 11, 2014.
Washington, D.C. – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, Commissioner
Mignon Clyburn and Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel issued the enclosed joint statement following
today’s decision by the D.C. Circuit relating to the Commission’s inmate calling services rules:
“We are pleased that millions of families will finally see relief from outrageous rates for inmate calling
services when the interim rate caps of $0.25 for collect calls and $0.21 for debit calls go into effect in
February 2014. These families have been forced to pay exorbitant rates for far too long. Although we are
disappointed that the court granted a partial stay on other aspects of the Inmate Calling Services Order,
we look forward to a hearing on the merits soon, and to adopting further reforms quickly.”
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