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.
T-Mobile Settles FCC's Rural Dropped-Call Complaint for $40M
T-Mobile today agreed to pay the FCC a fine of $40 million to settle two separate violations. First, the FCC concluded that T-Mobile failed to connect calls to customers served by three rural phone companies in Wisconsin.
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.
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.
AT&T Rails Against FCC's 'Absurd' $100M Fine
AT&T is not happy about the FCC's proposed $100 million fine levied against the carrier regarding its throttling practices. The FCC last month alleged that AT&T did not properly inform grandfathered unlimited customers about its network management techniques, which included slowing their internet speeds.