GTL Files for Emergency Relief from FCC’s Last Minute ‘Conjuring’ of Intrastate ICS Rate Regulation

GTL Seeks Enforcement of Existing US Court of Appeals Stay to Prevent Federal Communications Commission Attempt to Regulate

Reston, Virginia (PRNewsWire) – March 18, 2016 – Global Tel*Link (GTL) on Thursday sought emergency relief from the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., from enforcement of a Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) edict, issued just hours before new ICS rules were to take effect, requiring ICS providers to cap rates on intrastate ICS calls – an apparent contradiction of the partial stay issued by the court of appeals last week, which prevented the agency from implementing similar intrastate ICS rate caps.

“This is appears to be an after-the-fact attempt at sleight of hand by the FCC, a manufacturing of jurisdiction over intrastate ICS rates that undermines the stay issued by the court of appeals,” said GTL CEO Brian Oliver. “This attempt by the FCC to conjure authority over intrastate ICS rates, to regulate by ambush by waiting to announce this ‘interpretation’ nine days after the court issued a stay of similar rules and just nine hours before the rules were supposed to take effect, tramples the concepts of openness and transparency that are at the core of the FCC’s rulemaking obligations.”

“GTL appreciates the FCC’s frustration with the limits of its authority and we remain committed to seeking solutions for national ICS reform that respect the limits of the agency’s jurisdiction while participating with state and local agencies who share responsibility for the safety, affordability, and availability of inmate communications,” Oliver said.

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GTL Files for Emergency Relief from FCC’s Last Minute ‘Conjuring’ of Intrastate ICS Rate Regulation

In the push to reduce the recidivism rate, correctional facilities are moving away from a traditional layout to one that is designed for inclusiveness and keeping inmates engaged with outside society. Studies have shown that maintaining a support structure is a key component to keeping inmates on the right path to successful reintegration into society after release. In Australia, a new maximum security prison opened this year that includes no cells. Instead, inmates are housed in dormitory-style accommodations with 25 inmates in 16 ‘pods’ that offer more access to education, entertainment, and communication with friends and families. This novel move seeks to enhance inmates’ daily lives by making these services more accessible and improve re-integration into society. Inmates have access to technology that connects them with friends and family members, news, books, movies, education, games, and more. They are required to work for up to five hours during the day and pursue education and other programs in the remaining time. This progressive approach aligns with GTL’s vision of technology and education being available to every inmate. “GTL has the technology portfolio to enable correctional facilities to execute their strategies,” said Gad Tobaly, President, GTL International. “Whether those strategies are similar to the open-plan jail approach or focus on a more traditional environment, we offer the innovations to help facilities become safer and more secure while providing inmates with access to programs that improve their lives during and after incarceration.” GTL creates new technologies and advocates for tablets, education, and other programs to help reduce recidivism rates. “These new facilities highlight the need for technology in corrections,” said Eric Gonzalez, Executive Director, Technology and Implementation Services. “Today’s inmates are digital natives, having grown up in the age of computers, cell phones, tablets, and more. It is only logical that providing them with technology and programs to learn and better themselves through those access points is the direction that corrections is taking.” As part of GTL’s ongoing mission to keep our offerings in line with global corrections trends, the company will once again be a sponsor at the International Corrections & Prisons Association (ICPA) Annual Conference. This year’s conference is being held at the Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain in Montreal, Canada. The conference theme of “Beyond Prisons: The Way Forward” will draw discussion on the underpinning philosophies, strategic direction, policies, and practices being instituted across the globe. More than 500 delegates from over 70 countries attend this prestigious conference. GTL and two collaborating organizations will present on two topics that relate to the use of technology in aiding the corrections and criminal justice systems. “Transforming the Inmate Environment: How and Why Facilities are Implementing Tablet Programs” will discuss how technology is used to humanize correctional efforts and will take place on Tuesday, October 23rd at 11:00 a.m. in Maisonneuve A Room. “Virtual-Enabled Justice: Delivering Swifter Outcomes and Improved Victim and Witness Experience” will discuss the use of technology to create ‘virtual courts’ that fuel efficiency, safety, and security, and will take place on Tuesday, October 23rd at 3:30 p.m. in Maisonneuve A Room. To learn more about our technology solutions, contact GTL today.