FCC Takes Action On First Do Not Call Violation

from the here-we-go dept

While the FCC has fined AT&T for violating it's own do not call list and California has gone after a telemarketer for violating the national do not call list, the FCC has finally made their first warning to a company for violating the national list. They've been told they face an $11,000 fine - per call - if they continue to violate the list. Here's where it gets a little strange. The company doesn't deny that they've been calling people on the list. I figure, if they admit that they've been willfully ignoring the list, why should they get a warning? Why not set the fine now?
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    BoilerBob, 18 Dec 2003 @ 10:11am

    Fines vs. warning

    The reason that it is a warning now, is that the FCC has to warn this company first before fines. It sounds like the FTC (which can fine without warning) is waiting for the courts to rule that it definitely can enforce the do not call list.

    Sounds like the FTC let the FCC do it's thing first. If the company stops, great for consumers. If they continue, the FCC can fine away without the free speech lawsuits that are still being decided.

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