Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Statement on D.C. Circuit’s Decision in Global Tel*Link v. FCC

Jun 13, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement on the D.C. Circuit Court’s 2–1 decision in Global Tel*Link v. FCC to strike down a rule that capped the intrastate rates for inmate phone calls:

“In February, I sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) General Counsel, Mr. Brendan Carr. I asked Mr. Carr to explain the FCC’s decision not to defend, in whole, its prison phone rate letter in federal court. As a result, today, the D.C. Circuit court decision sides with carceral conglomerates placing families at risk to incur costly fees to phone incarcerated loved ones.

“Our goal in Congress is to protect the American public from deregulation where companies have free range to charge exorbitant fees for simple services. We do not want families financially drained to phone their loved ones. We also do not want incarcerated individuals to feel alone because they cannot communicate with their families.

“I urge FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to work with his colleagues at the Commission, Congress and all stakeholders to address the problem of high inmate calling rates.”