Political Pressure Buffets FCC In $94M Lifeline Fight

By Margaret Harding McGill (October 30, 2015, 5:20 PM EDT) -- A Federal Communications Commissioner faced outcry during a recent Senate hearing for failing to collect $94 million in proposed fines against providers of subsidized phone service, fines that attorneys say were politically driven and shouldn't have been issued in the first place.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., drilled Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel about the roughly $94 million in unpaid fines levied against a dozen Lifeline providers in 2013 and 2014 during a Wednesday confirmation hearing over her renomination to the post. The proposed fines accuse the companies of providing duplicate Lifeline service in violation of the one-line-per-household rule.

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