The FCC set the fine against Fax.com, contending the company engaged in a "pervasive and egregious pattern of deception" in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, which protects against unsolicited faxes, telemarketing calls and prerecorded messages, among other things.
The fine is also the first levied against a "fax broadcaster."
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Also, the FCC said its staff is issuing over 100 citations and letters of inquiry to businesses that used Fax.com to send their ads, warning them they may face fines of up to $11,000 per violation if they continue to send unsolicited fax ads.
Fax.com didn't return calls by press time, but in the past the company has argued that the section of the law barring junk faxes is unconstitutional.
In March a U.S. District Court in Missouri ruled for the company against the state, saying the government had not shown there was either adequate harm coming from the faxes for the government to ban them or that the ban as written would significantly reduce junk faxes.
The state is appealing the decision.