• FCC Votes to Form New Fraud Division of the Enforcement Bureau
  • February 4, 2019
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  • In light of the history of abuse, the FCC voted to create a Fraud Division within its Enforcement Bureau to investigate and prosecute fraud in the Universal Service Fund (USF) programs. Recently, the FCC proposed a $63 million fine against American Broadband for alleged Lifeline Program violations and a $18.7 million fine against DataConnex for allegedly defrauding the Rural Health Care Program. While establishing a Fraud Division is a step in the right direction, simplifying the accounting rules for High Cost providers could promote greater accountability. For more information, please contact Doug Jarrett ([email protected]; 202.434.4180).