T-Mobile to pay $200 million fine to resolve FCC subsidy investigation

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By David Shepardson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – T-Mobile US Inc will pay a $200 million penalty to resolve a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) investigation into its Sprint unit over allegations it failed to comply with rules on a low-income subsidy program, the government said Wednesday.
The FCC settlement said Sprint may have received government subsidies for more than 1 million customers that did not receive service under the Lifeline program.
T-Mobile said in a statement it was glad the issue it inherited “is now resolved. We look forward to continuing to deliver reliable and affordable network connectivity to consumers.”
Sprint’s voluntary disclosure said “due to a software programming issue, its systems failed to detect that over a million Lifeline subscribers nationwide lacked usage over an extended period of time,” the FCC said

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