Family Telephone Connection Protection Act – 2009

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The Family Telephone Connection Protection Act of 2009 – Main Features

Since several prisons and prison phone service providers were making use of the telephone system to force prisoners to pay exorbitant amounts, in 2009 it was decided to draft a bill known as the Family Telephone Connection Protection Act. This bill was proposed and put up for submission to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on February 23rd, 2009. This was done first so that the committee could think over the bill and make the necessary changes or revise it after proper investigation and consideration, before they brought it to a discussion at a general debate.

The Bill known as the Family Telephone Connection Protection Act of 2009 was an amendment to the earlier act of 1934, known as the Communications Act. It was mainly proposed in order to make certain regulations to the prison phone service and request the Federal Communications Commission, FCC, to bring about these changes. These proposals included the following:

  • Recommending the fixing a standard maximum rate per minute, relating to the amount paid to service providers.
  • Recommending that a maximum uniform service connection or standard per-call rate be put in place.
  • Recommending maximum rates that could be varied according to the correctional facility size or according to costs involved for the service carrier.
  • Making the prison phone service providers offer different options to inmates for both debit accounts and collect calls.
  • Banning the payment of commissions by the prison phone service providers to the authorities at the prisons.
  • Recommending that the administrators in prisons allow several prison phone service providers, so that the inmates in a correctional facility could have more options and select the service of their choice.

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

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Family Telephone Connection Protection Act – 2009


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