Long-Pending Proposed Fines From FCC Prompt Concern

By Margaret Harding McGill (January 21, 2016, 10:00 PM EST) -- The Federal Communications Commission has hit companies with nearly 80 proposed fines of six figures or higher in the past five years, but agency data shows the majority are still lingering in that preliminary state, prompting telecom industry members to question the efficiency and fairness of the enforcement process.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler recently supplied Republican senators with a table identifying every proposed fine, or Notice of Apparent Liability, of more than $100,000 since October 2010, with information about the recovery status of each NAL. According to a redacted copy of the table obtained by Law360, the agency issued 79 NALs...

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