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.
FTC Investigating Facebook's Privacy Practices
Mar 26, 2018
The Federal Trade Commission today said it is examining Facebook's privacy policies and practices. The inquiry comes as a result of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which saw the data of millions of Facebook users shared by an app to an analysis firm that use it create profiles of U.S.
Republican Proposal Would Eliminate Lifeline Cell Service for Poor
Aug 1, 2017
A new bill proposed by Rep. Austin Scott in Georgia aims to take free cell phones and service away from low-income Americans.
FCC Targets Fraud In Texting, and Slamming and Cramming
Jun 8, 2018
The FCC took more actions this week to protect consumers from unwanted charges and changes to their telephone service. First, the agency wants to prevent the fraudulent use of toll-free numbers for text messaging.
FCC Fines Sprint for Building Cell Sites without Proper Review
Apr 10, 2018
The FCC today said it has reached a settlement with Sprint and Sprint's partner Mobilitie regarding the improper completion of cell tower sites. The FCC says the companies failed to complete the proper tower registration and environmental and historic impact reviews before building some cell sites.