T-Mobile has to pay $200,000,000 to the FCC because of Sprint shadiness
Participating cellular suppliers Lifeline program, Low-income customers will receive a discount of $ 9.25 per month to make telephone and broadband access more affordable. They expect to give this to the customer as a discount but Sprint (now owned by T-Mobile) seems to have missed this message. In fact, the company has asked for subsidies to more than 885,000 lifeline subscribers who are not currently using the service – now the FCC needs its refund.
Investigations by the Oregon Public Utilities Commission and the Federal Communications Commission found that Sprint receives monthly subsidies for 885,000 inactive lifeguard subscribers. The regulation states that suppliers can receive the subsidy only if a customer has been active at least once in the last 30 days.
The FCC says the $ 200 million civil fine is the largest fixed penalty in the commission’s history. Even if these violations occur before purchasing a T-Mobile Sprint, the carrier will poke the coin out of its own pocket and agree to enter into a “compliance plan” to ensure it complies with lifeline programming rules in the future. We hope this sends a message to other carriers, such as Verizon, who are participating in Lifeline, that lying does not pay off in the long run.