2009 Family Telephone Connection Protection Act

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Correctional institutions used to make a lot of money by charging exorbitant amounts for allowing inmates to make use of phone services. In order to stop this practice, the ‘Family Telephone Connection Protection Act’ was introduced. The bill was first created and submitted on February 23rd, 2009. It was submitted for consideration and deliberation as well as for making further investigations and any necessary changes to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce before coming up for general debate. The Family Telephone Connection Protection Act of 2009 was an amendment to the previous Communications Act of 1934. The amendment was proposed in order to guide the FCC, or the Federal Communications Commission, to implement the necessary regulations to jail phone services for inmates, such as:

  1. To establish a maximum uniform rate per minute, that would be paid to jail phone service providers.
  2. To establish a maximum service connection rate, or another per-call rate.
  3. To establish variable maximum rates for certain calls made from prisons depending on different factors. These factors can include the cost of the telephone carrier to the jail or the size of the particular correctional institution.
  4. To make it necessary for jail phone services to give inmates the choice to set up a debit account in addition to the option of collect calling.
  5. To ban jail phone service providers from making any commission payments to prison authorities.
  6. To make it a requirement for jail administrators to make use of more than one jail phone service provider, in order to provide an option for inmates in correctional institutions.

Ref: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-1133

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