By Kate Tummarello - 07/09/14 07:24 PM EDT
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is pressuring state governments to make it more affordable for prisoners to make phone calls.
Last year, then-Acting Chairwoman Clyburn took steps to bring down the price of interstate calling for prisoners, including setting a temporary interstate rate cap.
Now the FCC has it’s eyes set on making that interstate rate cap permanent, addressing ancillary fees and bringing down calling prices for in-state calls, Clyburn and FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said.
“We have more work to do,” Clyburn said Wednesday, pointing to recently-passed regulation regarding inmate calling in Alabama.
“Alabama is the exception, not the norm,” she continued. “The call [for intra-state reform] has gone largely unanswered.”
She pushed states to adopt rate caps for in-state prison calls and said she hopes it doesn’t come to FCC intervention.
Wheeler — who praised Clyburn for having “pulled this issue out of purgatory” at the FCC — echoed Clyburn’s calls.
"We reocgnize that more needs to be done," he said.