FCC Busts AT&T on 'Do-Not-Call'
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today issued a statement proposing to fine AT&T Corp $780,000 for apparent violations of the Commission’s Do-Not-Call (DNC) telemarketing rules. This is the Commission’s first major Do-Not-Call enforcement action (see FCC May Fine AT&T Over DNC).
The notice is particularly unfortunate for AT&T, as it was selected by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in February this year to develop and implement the National Do Not Call Registry (see AT&T to Block Telemarketers).
At the time of the contract award Chris Rooney, president of AT&T Government Solutions, said: "This high-profile award again validates our role as a trusted source for integrated solutions and launches us far beyond our historic position as a telecommunications provider.”
This claim of being trustworthy looks a little out of place now that the FCC has charged AT&T with breaking its own company-specific list of DNC numbers by calling 29 consumers on 78 separate occasions after those consumers had requested that AT&T not call them again.
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