The Regulatory Mix, TMI’s daily blog of regulatory activities, is a snapshot of PUC, FCC, legislative, and occasionally court, issues that our regulatory monitoring team uncovers each day. Depending on their significance, some items may be the subject of a TMI Regulatory Bulletin.
Open Internet/Net Neutrality
The FCC announced the panelists and other information about the next event in its Open Internet/Net Neutrality roundtable series, which will take place on October 2, 2014. The roundtables will be free and open to the public and will be streamed live at http://www.fcc.gov/live. Suggested questions may be submitted in advance and during the roundtables by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter using the hashtag #FCCRoundtables. Starting at 1:30 p.m., the event “Economics of Broadband: Market Successes and Market Failures” will first consider incentives to provide high quality open Internet access service and the relevance of market power. It will then turn to policies to address market power, consumer protection, and shared benefits of the Internet.
Inmate Calling Services
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and Commissioner Mignon Clyburn issued the following Joint Statement regarding the circulation to the other Commissioners of a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in connection with inmate calling services:
“The wheels of justice turn slowly, but today we prepare to take the next critical step toward reducing the high price paid by inmates and their families to communicate.
Our recent reforms have reduced interstate long-distance inmate calling rates by nearly 40%, and that is a very positive development. But many families of inmates still face exorbitant rates for in-state calls, not to mention punitive and irrational fees – all of which make the simple act of staying in touch unaffordable.
The Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking we are circulating today proposes a simple, market-based solution to address all these problems. It proposes rules that will ensure that ALL Americans – including inmates and their families – have access to phone service at rates that are just, reasonable and fair. We look forward to working with our colleagues to adopt permanent reform as soon as possible.