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September 30, 2013

FCC Rejects Petition to Block Inmate Calls

By Rahul Arora SIP Trunking Report Contributor

Millicorp, a provider of communication products, services and applications, recently announced that Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has rejected the petition filed by Securus Technologies, Inc. to permit Securus and other ICS providers to block inmate calls to customers of Millicorp's service.

Millicorp extended its thank and appreciation to FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau for taking meaningful action to reduce the costs to friends and family members of remaining in touch with their incarcerated loved ones. While denying the petition, WCB, said: "We deny the Petition because we conclude that the precedent cited by Securus does not authorize the call blocking practice described in the Petition. As the Commission has previously found, call blocking is largely antithetical to the fundamental goal of ubiquity and reliability of the telecommunications network. We find that this situation is no exception. This Declaratory Ruling and Order furthers the Commission's goals of ensuring the integrity and reliability of telecommunications networks."

Timothy Meade, CEO and President of Millicorp, said in a recent Millicorp board of directors meeting:  "We knew that the FCC would reach the right decision. We are proud of our ConsCallHome service and always knew that it fully complied with the FCC's rules. The claims of the ICS providers to the contrary have now been exposed as self-serving falsehoods." Mr. Meade continued, "Over the past three and half years we have walked the halls of Congress, the Senate, and the FCC to share the stories of thousands of families who were caused great suffering by predatory inmate telephone rates and the blocking of inmate calls. Imagine being forced to decide whether to buy milk for your children or to allow them to talk with their incarcerated mother or father.  Many, many families faced this dilemma every week.  This was a victory for those families." 

Edited by Ryan Sartor
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