Hundreds of thousands of families are all too familiar with Global Tel Link and not for good reasons. The private phone company is charging as much as 89 cents per minute for families of the incarcerated to talk to their loved ones. On top of the extremely outrageous price per minute, there is a $3.95 per-call charge tacked onto that. For a much cheaper price, you could get a monthly plan through Verizon that would include unlimited voice calls and text messages as well as 1 gigabyte of data service.
Prisons normally sign contracts with certain phone carriers and instead of being competitive, Tahy offer the prisons a generous portion of the money that they receive from the inmates’ phone call bills. Some carriers go as far as to pay up to 96 percent of their call revenue.
People are getting fed up and are trying to get the FCC to step in and regulates and although slow, the ball is rolling. New York has stopped accepting commissions from phone companies in 2207 which has caused a severe drop in the price of calls. It has cost New York $20 million annually but it has also kept inmates more docile and has also reduced the black market cell phone trade. Visit Bloomberg to know more about GTL.
Three of the major providers have submitted a proposal to the FCC that would involve reduced commissions and will put new restrictions on the fees charged for payment processing. The prison telecoms have grown tired of having to compete with one another and having to outbid each other and have gotten themselves into something that they are now ready to get out of. The prison telecoms are ready for a big change and the FCC id going to have to step in and fix things. You can read the full story here. Read more on PRNewsWire.com.