Washington, D.C., of counsel Lee Petro was quoted in Public News Service after the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) end-of-year Notice of Proposed Rule Making on the issue of prison phone call rates.

In a press release, the agency said it would consider rate caps and other measures to rein-in costs in the $1.2 billion market dominated by Global Tel*Link Corp. and Securus Technologies Inc., companies owned by private-equity firms.

Lee told Public News Service that he believes the breakthrough was a response to pressure from public interest groups, including the screening of "Middle of Nowhere” — a 2012 independent feature film that tackles the issue. He said the film really put pressure on the FCC and the FCC staff to explain why there hadn't been action over the past 10 years.

He added that the FCC action — on the second-to-last working day of the year — came not a moment too soon.

"It's not going to hit the press like it would if it was before Christmas — but quite honestly, we'll take what we can get. It gets the ball rolling,” he said.

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