For the past several years, the Federal Communications Commission has sought to impose a number of regulatory rules on interstate and intrastate Inmate Calling Services.
The first major ruling occurred in October 2013, with FCC Order 13-113. This was followed by FCC Order FCC Order 15-136 issued November 2015, which was intended to replace 13-113. FCC Order 15-136 was further modified by the FCC through an "Order on Reconsideration" released in August 2016.
All three Orders were appealed to the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals by a group of Inmate Calling Service providers, with participation by certain correctional facilities and state regulatory entities.
The Court overturned a number of regulations proposed by the FCC. Rules that were allowed to go into effect include:
The FCC's Consumer Guide for Inmate Telephone Service provides additional detail on these rules. We will strive to keep you informed of any future changes.