• On January 21, 2011, the US District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas dismissed a lawsuit brought by several prisoners claiming that the prison authority’s revenue-sharing relationship with Global Tel*Link, the company that provides inmate telecommunications services at the prison, violates the First Amendment. In exchange for being the exclusive provider of telecommunications services at Department of Corrections facilities for a five-year term, Global Tel*Link pays a 45 percent commission on its gross revenues, which generates approximately $2 million of revenue per year to the Department. The court observed that “courts have generally dismissed claims such as this one by saying that prisoners have no right to unlimited telephone use and no right to a specific telephone rate.” Because “alternate means of communication remain available to the inmates and their families, including mail and visitation,” the Court dismissed the plaintiffs’ First Amendment suit with prejudice. Holloway v. Magness, No. 5:07-cv-00088 JLH-BD (E.D. Ark.).