FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
November 3, 2003
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Suzanne Tetreault (202) 418-7450
Washington, D.C. - Today, the Federal Communications Commission proposed to assess a forfeiture of $780,000 against AT&T Corporation for apparent violations of the Commission's Do-Not-Call telemarketing rules. This is the Commission's first major Do-Not-Call enforcement action.
The Commission found that AT&T apparently made telephone solicitation calls to 29 consumers on 78 separate occasions after those consumers had requested that AT&T not call them again. The Commission therefore concluded that AT&T had apparently violated the FCC's company-specific Do-Not-Call rule, section 64.1200(e) of the Commission's rules. The Commission staff had initiated an investigation of AT&T's telemarketing practices after a regular review of consumer complaint data revealed over 300 complaints in the previous several months alleging Do-Not-Call violations by AT&T. The Commission proposed a forfeiture of $10,000 for each of the 78 apparent violations.
Action by the Commission on October 30, 2003, by Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (FCC 03-267). Chairman Powell, Commissioners Abernathy, Copps, Martin, and Adelstein.
Enforcement Bureau Contacts: Suzanne Tetreault at (202) 418-7450 or Kurt Schroeder at (202) 418-0966
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