HRDC comment to FCC re GTL's press release contradicting its petition for waiver - June 2016
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Human Rights Defense Center DEDICATED TO PROTECTING HUMAN RIGHTS June 22, 2016 Submitted Online Only The Honorable Tom Wheeler, Chairman Federal Communications Commission 445 12th St. S.W. Washington, DC 20554 Re: Comment for WC Docket 12-375 Dear Chairman Wheeler: The Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC) respectfully submits this comment in response to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC or the Commission) Request for Comment on Global Tel*Link Corporation’s (GTL) Petition for Waiver of Deadline to Implement Rules 64.6080 and 64.6090 for Jails, WC Docket No. 12-375. While we recognize the deadline for public comment regarding GTL’s Petition for Waiver has passed, we want to make the Commission aware of a Press Release issued by GTL in which it “commends its customers” whose work “has ensured compliance with the new FCC rules on terms tailored to meet the unique needs and interests of each individual facility.” Note that GTL states in its press release “GTL… announced it has completed implementation of the rate and fee changes…” (Attachment 1) This document begs the question of why GTL has expended so much in the way of public and private resources in pursuing what is clearly an unnecessary waiver request and why they haven’t moved to withdraw the petition. If they have completed implementation of the FCC rates why are they seeking a waiver if not to be able to continue gouging the public and exploiting the poor as they have for decades? We reiterate our position that GTL’s request for a waiver should be denied. Thank you for your time and attention to this matter. Respectfully submitted, Paul Wright Executive Director, HRDC Attachment ______________________________________________________________________________ P.O. Box 1151 Lake Worth, FL 33460 Phone: 561.360.2523 Fax: 866.735.7136 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Attachment 1 GTL Commends Its Customers as ICS Marketplace Implements New F... 1 of 4 http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/gtl-commends-its-customers-... 6/21/2016 2:25 PM GTL Commends Its Customers as ICS Marketplace Implements New F... 2 of 4 http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/gtl-commends-its-customers-... 6/21/2016 2:25 PM