• Judge turns aside pleas for cheaper phone calls for prisoners

    11 days ago - By Consumer Affairs

    Nothing gives prisoners the right to reasonably priced calls, the court finds
    By James R. Hood of ConsumerAffairs
    August 11, 2017
    Back in the last millennium, Congress tried to increase competition in the telephone industry and passed a gigantic bill that, a few decades later, has created a patchwork in which some types of consumers enjoy plenty of companies competing for their business while others enjoy nearly none.
    Residents in affluent areas, for example, often have multiple broadband carriers offering high-speed fiber connections at competitive prices while rural consumers are stuck...
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