DOJ files suit to enforce FCC penalty for robocalls

Sean Donelan sean at
Thu Oct 21 17:57:36 UTC 2021

The multi-million dollar fines announced with great fanfaire by the 
Federal Communication Commission are almost never collected. The FCC 
doesn't have enforcement authority to collect fines. The FCC usually 
withholds license renewals until penalties are paid. If the violator 
doesn't have any FCC licenses (or doesn't care), the FCC is powerless.

The FCC refers uncollected penalties to the Department of Justice. In the 
past, DOJ didn't prioritize uncollected penalties and most fines were 
never enforced.

The Department of Justice Files Suit to Recover $9.9 Million Forfeiture 
Penalty for Nearly 5,000 Illegally Spoofed Robocalls

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