FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
March 31, 2003
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John Winston (202) 418-7450
Washington, D.C. - Today the Federal Communications Commission released an order imposing a $1,200,000 forfeiture against WebNet Communications, Inc. for willful or repeated violations of the Communications Act and the Commission's rules against slamming. Slamming is the illegal practice of switching consumers' preferred long distance or other telephone service providers without their consent.
The Commission found that WebNet had engaged in a pattern of intentional and egregious misconduct, such as the gross deficiencies in WebNet's verification procedures, which demonstrated a disregard for the Commission's rules.
This proceeding represents the first joint federal/state effort against a company engaged in slamming. Fourteen state agencies joined the Commission in this investigation: Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin, along with the District of Columbia.
WebNet is a corporation with its principal place of business in McLean, Virginia.
Action by the Commission March 26, 2003, by Order of Forfeiture (FCC 03-67). Chairman Powell; Commissioners Abernathy, Copps, Martin, and Adelstein.
File No. EB-01-TC-064
Enforcement Bureau Contacts: John Winston at (202) 418-7450 or Lloyd Collier at (202) 418-2712.