FCC Fines Total Call Mobile $51M for Lifeline Violations
The FCC says Total Call Mobile abused the Lifeline program and received millions in improper reimbursements for duplicate and ineligible consumers. The FCC alleges that Total Call Mobile employees "willfully and repeatedly" violated FCC rules regarding Lifeline enrollment and unjustly enriched the company. Total Call Mobile's violations were committed by some 800 employees over the course of several years. Employees generated tens of thousands of duplicate and ineligible consumer enrollments across 13 states through a variety of deceptive practices. At least some Total Call Mobile employees alerted management to the violations, but they were ignored. After investigating, the FCC has issued a fine of $51 million. "The forfeiture we propose today reflects the gravity of what appears to have been willful and intentional misconduct persisting for multiple years," said the FCC. The Lifeline program is meant to provide basic telephone service to low-income Americans.
FCC Fines AT&T Over Lifeline Violations
The FCC today levied fines against AT&T and SNET, a former subsidiary of AT&T's, for violating federal Lifeline regulations. The companies over billed the government program, which helps ensure low income consumers have access to a phone line.
Republican Proposal Would Eliminate Lifeline Cell Service for Poor
A new bill proposed by Rep. Austin Scott in Georgia aims to take free cell phones and service away from low-income Americans.
AT&T Agrees to Pay $25 Million Over Privacy Debacle
AT&T today agreed to pay the FCC a fine of $25 million in order to settle an investigation into consumer privacy violations at its call centers. The data breaches, which took place in early 2014, exposed the personal data of some 280,000 AT&T customers at call centers in Mexico, Colombia, and the Philippines.
FCC Says Lyft Violated Robo-Call Rules
The FCC today cited Lyft for violating rules meant to prevent companies from using autodialers and other automated tools to call or message consumers. According to the FCC, Lyft's terms of service mandates that all customers agree to receive marketing messages.
FCC Fines AT&T $100 Million Over Throttling Practices
The FCC today took action against AT&T for misleading consumers about its unlimited mobile data plans and throttling policies. The agency says AT&T willfully and repeatedly violated its Open Internet Transparency Rule, which was put in place in 2010.