The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit struck down a regulation capping the rate for inmate phone calls, which was set in place by the Federal Communications Commission in 2015.
The F.C.C. Chair, Ajit Pai, who was appointed by President Trump, prevented the agency from defending the regulation. The court determined that the F.C.C exceeded its legal authority by creating the price cap. The 2-1 decision "was a blow to a 15-year effort by advocates for prisoners and their families to bring down the cost of calls from prisons, which can reach as high as $10 a minute."