Phone Co. Fined $4.1M For Impersonating Other Carriers

By Kelcee Griffis (April 22, 2021, 3:51 PM EDT) -- The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously on Thursday to ink a $4.1 million fine against a phone carrier that the agency said impersonated other carriers in telemarketing calls and switched unwitting consumers over to its own services without consent.

Tele Circuit Network Corp. is on the hook for the amount — which is about $1.2 million less than the agency originally proposed — because it held customers' phone services hostage while trying to collect bogus service charges, the FCC said.

"These actions specifically harmed elderly and infirm consumers who, in some cases, were left without telephone service for extended periods of...

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