GCI drops plan to charge inmates' calls

Posted: Monday, January 12, 2009

ANCHORAGE - An Alaska phone company has dropped its plan to charge a $2 fee for calls made by inmates of state prisons, jails and halfway houses.

The Regulatory Commission of Alaska in August announced plans to investigate complaints it received about the proposed fee. The fee would have been billed to people who accept the calls.

Bail bondsmen were among those filing complaints. The businesses said the fee could cost them tens of thousands of dollars per year.

The RCA collected public testimony in September and GCI has withdrawn the fee proposal.

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