10.22.2015Public Policy

FCC makes the right move on prison calling rates

By: Donna Epps
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Today, the FCC came to the aid of millions of families struggling to maintain contact with incarcerated loved ones. By capping inmate calling rates and limiting fees, the FCC took another important step toward easing the burden on families to sustain supportive relationships with inmates. There are some issues that transcend traditional political and public/private divides. This is one of them.  While Verizon strongly believes that competition and flexible policies lead to better outcomes for consumers than proscriptive regulation, in this case the market is broken. Inmates’ families lack any choices for service. Thank you FCC for doing the right thing today! And thank you Commissioner Clyburn for your tireless efforts to keep this issue in the national spotlight.

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Donna Epps directs Verizon’s domestic public policy team, as well as relationships with our external partners. Prior to her current position, Ms. Epps worked in Verizon’s Federal Regulatory Affairs group where she developed and advocated Verizon’s federal regulatory policy positions on key issues facing the communications industry, with an emphasis on issues related to competition, economic regulation, and consumer protection.