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Media Contact: 
Will Wiquist, (202) 418-0509
For Immediate Release
WASHINGTON, December 2, 2016 – The Federal Communications Commission has proposed a
$392,930 fine against NECC Telecom for apparently charging excessive and unlawful universal 
service fees to its customers.  Phone companies are required to pay into a fund to support various 
universal service programs and may assess fees on customers to offset that cost. Carriers are 
prohibited from charging customers more in fees than they pay into the Universal Service Fund 
“Gouging consumers by charging them excessive or unauthorized fees is not only bad business, it 
is unlawful,” said FCC Enforcement Bureau Chief Travis LeBlanc. “Any carrier that places 
Universal Service Fund charges on consumer bills is required to actually pay that money into the 
Universal Service Fund, rather than lining its own pockets. Anything to the contrary would be 
cramming, plain and simple.”  
The FCC Enforcement Bureau’s investigation showed that NECC, primarily an international long 
distance reseller, profited from overcharges labeled as USF-related fees imposed upon its 
international service customers despite being exempt from any USF contribution obligation. This
is the Commission’s first action enforcing FCC rules prohibiting a carrier from collecting more 
from consumers in USF fees than the carrier actually pays into the USF.  
The Commission also alleges that NECC failed to pay over $80,000 in mandatory regulatory fees 
and transferred its authorizations to provide telecommunications services without FCC approval.  
Today’s proposed fine underscores the important regulatory obligations carriers have to obtain 
prior FCC approval for ownership transfers and to pay applicable regulatory fees in a timely 
A proposed fine, formally called a Notice of Apparently Liability for Forfeiture, details the 
Commission’s allegations of unlawful conduct and proposes a monetary forfeiture for such 
conduct. The description of today’s action and the apparent violations are allegations, and the 
parties will have a chance to respond before any final action is taken. Members of the public who 
have information related to this matter may provide it at
Action by the Commission December 2, 2016 by Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture 
(FCC 16-164). 
The Notice of Apparent Liability is available here:
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).