The FCC said most of the calls were done
Not related to new law
"The action is not directly related to the new list," said Suzanne Tetreault, chief of the FCC's enforcement division. "We got the complaints and are taking do-not-call enforcement very seriously."
The FCC said AT&T called 29 consumers on 78 separate occasions in the past year, mostly about long-distance service though in one case about long-distance and local service. The FCC is proposing a $10,000 per call fine.
The new law, which has a wider application, carries fines of $11,000 against telemarketing companies for each call that violates the FTC's do-not-call provisions
FCC Chairman Michael K. Powell said the enforcement action "demonstrates our resolve in the fight to protect consumers from unwanted and intrusive telephone calls. This puts telemarketers on notice that we will take all measures necessary to protect consumers who chose to be left alone in their homes."
AT&T in a statement said it had not yet seen the FCC's "notice of apparent liability."
"We are confident we can persuade the FCC in its fact-finding proceeding that there were not 78 do-not-call violations," the company said. "We set a very high priority on respecting do-not-call requests and have even urged our customers to sign up for the FTC do-not-call list."