Millions of dollars have been set aside for Sprint to pay for phone and internet service for low-income customers, even if customers don’t use the service, according to the Federal Communications Commission. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai I called a “careful inspection” of taxpayers and the Commission’s regulations and a request to the law enforcement department to conduct an inspection.
“It’s bad for a company to claim millions of dollars in tax money not to work,” Pai says.
The FCC in its Living Expenses program charges $ 9.25 per month for low-income consumers over the phone or broadband plan. But in 2016, under former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, the Commission added a big cap to prevent misuse of funds: If consumers don’t use their services for 30 days, providers must begin the process of excluding themselves from the subsidy program.
Sprint doesn’t have it for 885,000 subscribers, the FCC says. That’s about 30 percent of Sprint Lifeline and nearly 10% of all Lifeline subscribers. The Commission does not say how long Sprint has been unable to remove customers from its listings.
One of Pai’s first jobs as president was that of start to restore the Live program. He condemned the show as vanity and deceit; The Commission’s inspector said about 18.5 percent of the payments were inadequate.
The 30-day rule prevents companies from signing up subscribers who don’t use their service, and also collects a $ 9.25 bonus per month.
Sprint is in the middle of a merger with T-Mobile, to see T-Mobile take over the company. It has been approved at the federal and FCC level, but the review by some governments is moving forward.
Symbols has reached out to Sprint for his comment.