Nm Prc Regulates Prison Phone Calls 11-9-12
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NEW MEXICO PUBLIC REGULATION COMMISSION COMMISSIONERS DISTRICT 1 DISTRICT 2 DISTRICT 3 DISTRICT 4 DISTRICT 5 PRC CONTACT: JASON MARKS PATRICK H. LYONS, CHAIRMAN DOUGLAS J. HOWE THERESA BECENTI-AGUILAR, VICE-CHAIR BEN L. HALL Arthur D. Bishop, PIO Office: 505-827-4446 Cellular: 505-467-9116 email@example.com CHIEF OF STAFF Johnny L. Montoya NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Nov. 9, 2012 New Mexico Families Benefit Under New Prison Phone Regulations SANTA FE, N.M. —Families of New Mexico’s incarcerated will be protected from exorbitant phone bills charged in the state’s penal institutions following the Public Regulation Commission’s (PRC) unanimous vote Thursday to enforce price caps. Under new rules, charges for 15-minute prepaid calls are capped at $2.25, collect calls are capped at $3.25 and convenience charges for funding prepaid accounts are capped at $3 with no other fees or surcharges allowed. Per-minute charges will be only 15 cents per call. Since 2007, the PRC has worked with input from the telecom industry and groups like the Criminal Defense Lawyers Association to curb telephone abuse in New Mexico prisons where Institutional Operator Service Providers (IOSP’s) have been charging families as much as $8 for a 20-minute call. In October, the PRC passed a resolution asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to take action on a petition to protect consumers of interstate inmate phone services. Commissioner Jason Marks, who sponsored the new rules at the PRC, is speaking at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners annual meeting on Monday to ask the group to get behind similar reforms. ### Visit the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission on the web at: www.nmprc.state.nm.us or call the PRC toll-free at 888-427-5772. About the NMPRC The NMPRC regulates public utilities, telecommunications companies and motor carriers operating in New Mexico. It also administers the State Fire Marshal’s Office, the New Mexico Firefighters Training Academy, the state's Pipeline Safety Bureau, and its Corporations Bureau. The NMPRC is also responsible for overseeing the New Mexico Division of Insurance and the DOI's superintendent.