Just before the Commission voted on the new rules — which would lower the price of phone calls to prisons and jails to between 11 and 22 cents per minute — Commissioner Mignon Clyburn told Reese to stand up and told the packed meeting room: “I came to hear about his plight a couple of weeks ago. We need to make sure that line of communication [with his father] that he needs so much for his development is affordable.”Addressing Reese directly, her voice breaking with emotions, Clyburn said, “Our statutory obligations apply to you. They don’t just apply to big business. We care about your future. You deserve relief. You deserve this.”Minutes later, after agreeing with Clyburn and calling the current phone rates “absurdly usurious,” FCC Chair Tom Wheeler called for a vote, which came down 2 to 3. Cheers erupted in the room, including from 19-year-old Illinois resident Wandjell Harvey-Robinson, whose parents have been in and out of prison since she was in the 3rd grade.
Source: BREAKING: Federal Communications Agency Votes To Drastically Lower Prison Phone Rates | ThinkProgress