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“There is one number that simply haunts me—perhaps because I am a parent. Across the country, 2.7 million children have at least one parent in prison. That is 2.7 million children who do not know what it means to talk regularly with their mother or father.”
Washington DC- Today, at a rally for fair prison phone rates, FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn announced that Chairman Genachowski has begun circulating a further notice of proposed rulemaking for a vote. This marked the first step forward in a ten- year effort to make the price of inter-state calls from prison affordable.
Turn on your TV, read a magazine, or walk through a mall and you’re bombarded with ads by wireless carriers bragging about the speed and/or coverage area of their network. But how accurate are these statements?
Hearing your stories really drove home how important the Prison Phone Justice fight is. Over the course of our Mother’s Day Action, we saw stories from the mothers, children, journalists, advocates and activists who are leading the fight for phone justice. Here’s our roundup of some of the articles and blogs generated.
Our Mother’s Day Action will be continuing through Monday. Thanks to all of you we’ve collected over 500 stories for the FCC. But we can go further – this Sunday thousands of mothers will be disconnected from their families because of egregiously high prison phone rates. Please keep pushing – the FCC needs to hear your voice.
The calls with my cousin while he was incarcerated weren’t just for him; they were for all of us as a family. They were a balm for my mother’s hurt and his mother’s. For as long as they lasted, three minutes or thirty, they were a message of love and hope sent and received by both sides, connecting our hearts and lifting our spirits.
Last time I visited my mother, I taught her how to text and Skype. It means this year I have the luxury of being able to call, text, or Skype my mom for Mother’s Day. But because of the inflated costs to call from prison to home – thousands of kids and parents this year won’t have that same luxury. Find out what you and the FCC can do to change that.
Ever been in a room with veteran organizers? I mean folks with years of experience on a single issue. If you have, then you know what I mean when I say there is a palpable difference between people who “work” on an issue and people who’ve been “called” to an issue.
This Friday the FCC Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC) met for its Spring meeting. For those unfamiliar with this committee, its purpose is to make recommendations to the FCC regarding consumer issues and to include the voices of consumers in proceedings before the Commission. In the new business section of our agenda, CMJ introduced the idea of having the CAC address the cost of Prison Phone Calls—specifically the FCC’s role in regulating phone companies in order to favor competition.
Today, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced plans to make some major changes to the Lifeline low-income telecommunications connectivity program. The Chairman’s plan to modernize Lifeline to include broadband is an important first step toward achieving this goal, but we fear it does not address the immediate needs of thousands of people across the country who cannot search for employment, fully participate in their education, apply for social services and meet their healthcare needs.
New America Foundation Panel: The Open Internet Goes to Court (featuring National Organizer Steven Renderos as one of the panelists)