FCC Chair Defends Enforcement Tactics To Lawmakers

By Margaret Harding McGill (January 19, 2016, 7:43 PM EST) -- Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler defended the FCC enforcement arm's consumer protection efforts and fine collection record in recent response letters to questions posed by Republican senators.

The FCC's Enforcement Bureau's guiding principles are protecting consumers, safeguarding competition, securing communications networks, and policing the integrity of commission funds, programs and services, Wheeler said in the letters dated Dec. 18 but not made publicly available until last week. Wheeler also provided information on how the agency calculates its monetary penalties, how it determines which enforcement actions to pursue and the enforcement process in the response.

He wrote the letters in response...

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