Washington, D.C. Of Counsel Lee Petro was quoted in a Washington Post article that profiled the acting chairwoman of the FCC Mignon Clyburn. Clyburn has served as the interim chair of the FCC for six months, and it is expected that President Obama’s pick to fill the seat on a permanent basis will be worn in this week.
Lee commented on Clyburn’s willingness to take on the rules for prison cell phone rates, an issue Lee has been handling pro bono for several years.
“This is an aspect of the FCC that actually affects individuals and consumers and she didn’t want to see that effort go wasted,” Lee told the Washington Post.
Clyburn met with family members of inmates to hear their stories. In November 2012, she accepted a petition with 40,000 signatures outside the agency in Washington and spoke to protesters rallying for the reforms.
In August, the FCC agreed with the arguments presented by Lee that the FCC should apply its "just and reasonable" statutory authority to ensure that the rates and extra fees charged to the families reflect the actual cost of providing the telephone service. These rates and fees currently cost up to $25 for a 15-minute call.