WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) has announced plans to fine AT&T $106,425 for allegedly
charging two Florida school districts some of the highest telecommunications
rates in the state, which is a violation of federal law and the FCC’s “lowest
corresponding price” rule.
The rule is in place to protect members of the FCC’s E-rate program for schools and libraries. The program exists to make sure each school
or library gets the best rates available by barring service providers from
charging them more than the lowest price paid by other similarly situated
The FCC alleges AT&T violated the lowest
corresponding price rule from at least mid-2012 to mid-2015 by charging the
Orange County and Dixie County school districts far more than other customers
in the state.
“Charging school districts among the highest rates in the
state for telephone or broadband Internet service is outrageous,” said enforcement bureau chief Travis LeBlanc. “Schools and libraries across the country
heavily rely upon federal and state funds to afford these critical services. We
expect that every service provider will offer participating schools and
libraries the same low rates that they charge to other similarly situated
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