FCC will charge AT&T over $106K for E-Rate violation2016-07-28 16:11 by Daniela
Tags: FCC, AT&T
The FCC wants to fine AT&T $106,425 for allegedly overcharging two Florida schools for phone service under the FCC's E-rate program. The commission also wants to make the telco repay $63,760 to the Universal Service Fund.
The schools and libraries universal service support program, commonly known as the E-rate Program, enables eligible schools and libraries to receive discounts on telecommunications services, Internet access, internal connections, basic maintenance costs and managed internal broadband services. Participating in this program means that the school should get the lowest corresponding price for all those services.
"Charging school districts among the highest rates in the state for telephone or broadband internet service is outrageous," FCC Enforcement Bureau Chief Travis LeBlanc said in a Wednesday night statement. "Schools and libraries across the country heavily rely upon federal and state funds to afford these critical services. We expect that every service provider will offer participating schools and libraries the same low rates that they charge to other similarly situated customers."
AT&T disagreed with the commission's allegations.
"The allegations lack merit and we look forward to making that case in detail in response to the NAL," Joan Marsh, vice president of federal regulatory at AT&T said in a Thursday statement. "Among other deficiencies, the NAL proceeds from the flawed premise that AT&T should have ignored regulations issued by the State of Florida when selling intrastate E-rate services in Florida."
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