FCC proposes $6 million fine against TracFone2020-04-03 17:09 by Daniela
Tags: FCC, TracFone
The Federal Communications Commission plans to fine TracFone Wireless $6 million for allegedly violating its rules governing the subsidy program for telecommunications services for low income users.
TracFone sought and received funds for 5,738 subscribers who weren't eligible for the Lifeline program in Florida and Texas, the Federal Communications Commission said in a proposed penalty.
The $6 million fine was proposed in a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL). TracFone will be given a chance to respond to the FCC's allegations in an effort to reduce or eliminate the proposed fine. The process could lead to a settlement or the FCC voting to impose a final punishment without TracFone's agreement. The FCC has a poor record collecting on its proposed fines.
TracFone, a unit of America Movil, said it would respond "at the appropriate time. As the leading provider of Lifeline services, we take seriously our stewardship of public dollars and will continue to focus on connecting millions of low-income customers to school, jobs, healthcare, and essential social services."
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