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AT&T Corp. v. FCC
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
323 F.3d 1081 (2003)
AT&T Corp. (plaintiff) was a telecommunications carrier. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) (defendant) issued a notice of apparent liability and assessed a $80,000 forfeiture penalty against AT&T for changing the service of two customers without the authorization of the customers. The FCC claimed that AT&T’s failure to obtain actual authorization from its customers violated § 258 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which makes it illegal for a telecommunications carrier to change a customer’s service unless the carrier complies with the FCC’s procedures. AT&T paid the forfeiture amount and appealed the propriety of the forfeiture to the court of appeals.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Tatel, J.)
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