A telephone and a toilet are shown in the holding cell area where arrestees are allowed their phone call at the Santa Barbara County Sheriff Substation May 10, 2005 in Orcutt, California. (Photo by Aaron Lambert-Pool/Getty Images) None: Infographic: Hatty Lee
Fri, Aug 9, 2013 12:11 PM EDT

The Federal Communications Commission issued an order on Friday to lower the cost of prison phone rates. It's an historic move by the Commission and years in the making. More than a decade ago, Martha Wright and several families of inmates petitioned the FCC to regulate the price of prison phone rates that can sometimes cost more than $15 for a 15 minute call.

Today's order requires phone companies to base rates on actual costs and cap them at 25 cents per minute while the Commission collects more data. The order also prohibts companies from charging deaf and hard-of-hearing customers extra for the use of relay services.

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