FCC says AT&T agrees to $18.25 million settlement

May 7, 2013

The federal government says AT&T will pay $18.25 million to settle charges related to operating services that are designed for use by the deaf and hard-of-hearing who place calls by typing messages over the Internet.

The settlement announced by the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday closes an investigation over compliance with rules on registering and verifying callers. AT&T isn't admitting any wrongdoing.

The case is separate from a pending lawsuit in Pittsburgh by the Justice Department that alleges AT&T improperly billed the government for calls made by overseas callers who were ineligible.

AT&T Inc. is paying $7 million to reimburse the fund for the Telecommunications Relay Service. That amount includes interest. AT&T also is paying $11.25 million to the U.S. Treasury and is agreeing to new procedures.

Explore further: Comcast settles data discrimination lawsuit

Related Stories

HP to pay $16.25M to settle FCC, DOJ case

November 11, 2010

(AP) -- Hewlett-Packard Co. has agreed to pay $16.25 million to settle allegations that it showered Texas school officials with gifts to win contracts funded by a federal program that pays for Internet connections for schools ...

Wal-Mart ready to settle Netflix case for $27.5M

November 16, 2011

(AP) -- More than 25 million current and former Netflix subscribers are being offered a sliver of a $27.5 million settlement from Wal-Mart. The proposed payment is being made to settle allegations that the video subscription ...

Gov't sues AT&T over Internet calls

March 22, 2012

(AP) -- The Justice Department has sued to recover millions of dollars from AT&T Corp., alleging the company improperly billed the government for services that are designed for use by the deaf and hard-of-hearing who place ...

Recommended for you

Interactive tool lifts veil on the cost of nuclear energy

August 24, 2015

Despite the ever-changing landscape of energy economics, subject to the influence of new technologies and geopolitics, a new tool promises to root discussions about the cost of nuclear energy in hard evidence rather than ...

Smart home heating and cooling

August 28, 2015

Smart temperature-control devices—such as thermostats that learn and adjust to pre-programmed temperatures—are poised to increase comfort and save energy in homes.

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.