New ICS Rules Put on Hold in Global Tel*Link v. FCC

U.S. Court of Appeals Grants Request From GTL to Postpone Implementation of New Caps on ICS Rates

Reston, Virginia (PRNewsWire) – March 7, 2016 – The implementation of new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rate caps for inmate communication services (ICS) was halted today by the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., where a three-judge panel unanimously granted a partial stay in response to the petitions from Global Tel*Link Corporation (GTL) and others who had challenged the FCC’s authority to set rates below providers’ costs and questioned the agency’s attempt to assert jurisdiction in areas traditionally left to state utility commissions and corrections officials.

Over the last ten years, the FCC has diligently raised awareness of significant issues that have plagued the ICS marketplace and its consumers — bringing together inmate advocates, facility administrators, service providers, and lawmakers in a constructive discussion to inform the development of the Commission’s October 2015 order which implemented rate and fee caps on prison phone calls.

Although the FCC’s efforts to bring affordable service to our nation’s inmates and their families are to be lauded, the Commission’s ‘one size fits all’ approach ignored the diversity of correctional institutions in the United States and used blanket policy to address issues that vary from community to community. Nine state attorneys general expressed this sentiment in their challenge to the FCC’s ICS regulations, raising reasonable concerns over the cookie cutter regulatory model and its effect on their ability to responsibly administrate their correctional facilities.

“The marketplace must work with individual communities to ensure that tailor-made solutions bring the lowest possible rates to inmates across the country,” said GTL CEO Brian Oliver. “While the FCC’s public policy goals have merit, their approach has both failed to address fundamental market issues or recognize their jurisdictional limits.”

GTL will continue to work with state and local governments to ensure that all of its correctional facility partners are able to supply inmates with affordable connectivity, while also ensuring each facility has access to innovative new technology.

A number of states have already taken up consideration of inmate rate, fees, and facility payments, including Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, South Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, and Colorado.

“GTL will continue to work with its facility partners to forge solutions that allow each of our customers and their communities to bring the nation’s most affordable phone services to inmates in a way that is right for them,” Oliver said.

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About Global Tel*Link
GTL is the leading provider of integrated correctional technology solutions, delivering financial value, security, and ease of operation to our customers through visionary products and solutions at the forefront of corrections innovation. As a trusted correctional industry leader, GTL provides service to approximately fifty percent of inmates nationwide, including service to 33 state departments of corrections, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and 33 of the largest city/county facilities. GTL is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, with more than 10 regional offices across the country. To find out more about GTL, please visit our website www.gtl.net.

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New ICS Rules Put on Hold in Global Tel*Link v. FCC

Location Detection: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

By: Eric Gonzalez, Executive Director, Inmate Telephones/Intel Tools/Training

PRNewsWire – GTL’s Location IQ® is a powerful intelligence application that pinpoints the location of a called party’s mobile device that receives calls from an inmate in a correctional facility. This is done in strict adherence with sensitive carrier privacy policies.

Using powerful, accurate carrier tower and GPS-based location services, Location IQ pinpoints a called party’s latitude/longitude coordinates and proximity to a facility utilizing all the major carrier networks and secondary carriers the called party may be on or the type of device they are using. Through the inmate telephone platform’s graphical user interface, investigators can see the location of the phone that was called and accepted in a readily accessible and usable format.

As an added control feature, Location IQ can be configured to establish a defined perimeter around the correctional facility—calls to phones within that perimeter can be blocked from connecting or can be allowed to connect while being monitored and recorded in real time by investigators.

Investigators can combat criminal activity, such as attempts at escape or at bringing contraband into a facility, by blocking calls between inmates and parties near the correctional facility, many of which are in remote areas.

GTL recognizes strict privacy guidelines concerning location-based services and requires a double opt-in from the end user receiving a call before the geo location of that end user’s device is captured. This means that users must repeatedly confirm that they agree to have the geo location of their mobile devices captured.

Other providers may not have the same safeguards—a sheriff was recently charged for misusing a competitor’s system to locate cellphones without legal approval and examining information about other law enforcement officers.

Last week, on Arizona Public Media, a live demonstration was made available and GTL never captures or provides the geo location of a mobile device without the appropriate opt-in by the end user. GTL’s systems require a system GUID that ties the request of a cell phone location directly to a call where the end user consented via a double opt-in when accepting the call. GTL strives to find tools that will make our clients successful in their investigative endeavors and will soon provide enhancements to its location-based services that expand the capabilities of this powerful tool.

We offer solutions that promote safety—the safety of correctional officers, the safety of inmates, the safety of the public, and the safety of facilities as institutions.

For more information on GTL or any of its products, contact a company representative today.

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