GOP Criticism Unlikely To Deter Aggressive FCC Enforcement

By Margaret Harding McGill (November 25, 2015, 5:41 PM EST) -- The Federal Communications Commission is facing criticism from Republican lawmakers and getting pushback from industry over its eye-popping fines and other enforcement actions, but telecommunications attorneys say it's unlikely the agency will alter its aggressive tactics in response.

The FCC's Enforcement Bureau levied a record-setting $100 million proposed fine against AT&T this summer and has followed that up with several other multimillion-dollar fines, many approved by a party-line 3-2 vote. Republican senators demanded an explanation for what they called "seemingly arbitrary" fines earlier this month, and companies ranging from AT&T to prepaid calling card providers are digging in for a fight...

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