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Media Contact: 
Will Wiquist, (202) 418-0509
For Immediate Release
Companies Impersonated Consumers’ Existing Carriers
WASHINGTON, September 15, 2016 – The Federal Communications Commission today 
announced $11 million in fines against three related long distance carriers for “cramming” 
unauthorized charges onto consumer telephone bills, “slamming” consumers by switching their 
preferred phone carriers without authorization, deceptive marketing, and violating the FCC’s 
truth-in-billing rules. The companies, Central Telecom Long Distance, Consumer Telcom, and 
U.S. Telecom Long Distance, are run as one operation by Data Integration Systems, Inc.  The 
FCC is committed to combating abusive practices that result in telephone consumers paying for 
services they never requested or received and expending significant time and effort to seek to 
reverse the unauthorized charges and services. 
“This isn’t rocket science: no consumer should be charged for phone services that they canceled 
or never requested in the first place,” said Enforcement Bureau Chief Travis LeBlanc. “Today’s 
fines make clear that we will aggressively prosecute those who ‘slam,’ ‘cram,’ or otherwise abuse 
consumers by unlawfully charging them for services they didn’t want or request.”
During this investigation, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau reviewed over 260 consumer
complaints about the three California-based companies.  Many of the complaints were submitted 
by or on behalf of consumers who had neither heard of the companies nor intended to sign up for 
their services.  
Operating as a single enterprise, the companies’ telemarketers falsely claimed that they were 
calling on behalf of consumers’ real telephone carriers about a change in existing service. The 
companies then misused consumers’ answers to switch their long distance carriers to one of the 
companies.  When customers realized what had occurred and returned to their preferred carriers, 
these companies continued to charge consumers a recurring monthly fee.  The companies also 
failed to clearly and plainly describe the charges included in their customer bills, as required by 
the FCC’s rules.  
For more information about the FCC’s rules protecting consumers, see the FCC consumer guides 
regarding cramming at and slamming at  More 
information on the FCC’s truth-in-billing rules can be found at
To file a complaint with the FCC, go to or contact 
the FCC’s Consumer Center by calling 1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322) voice or 1-888-
TELL-FCC (1-888-835-5322) TTY; faxing 1-866-418-0232; or by writing to:
Federal Communications Commission
Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
Consumer Inquiries and Complaints Division
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20554
The fines, formally known as Forfeiture Orders, are available at:
Action by the Commission September 14, 2016 by Forfeiture Orders (FCC 16-122, FCC 16-123, 
FCC 16-124). By the Commission:  Commissioner O’Rielly concurring in part and dissenting in 
Office of Media Relations: (202) 418-0500
TTY: (888) 835-5322
Twitter: @FCC
This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action.  Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes 
official action.  See MCI v. FCC, 515 F.2d 385 (D.C. Cir. 1974).