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FCC Chief Targets Small Phone Companies, Low-Income Americans

FCC Chief Targets Small Phone Companies, Low-Income Americans

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By    |   Friday, 19 August 2016 06:16 AM

The old adage says it’s good to have friends in high places. That’s exactly what Travis LeBlanc has in the Obama Administration. LeBlanc, an Obama appointee, is the Chief of the Enforcement Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). He has big plans to join his friends up in those high places, and he’s willing to step on the backs of every immigrant and low-income American in order to get to the top.

Leblanc has set his sights on a collection of smaller phone service providers who make inexpensive long distance calling available to lower income Americans. The service providers make it possible to stay connected with the family and friends they had to leave behind and can’t afford to visit in foreign countries, specifically Central and South America. These small businesses have stated that they feel they are being singled out and attacked by the federal government, which is pursuing them with the full intent of shutting them down.

LeBlanc is clearly following the Obama Administration’s playbook of using excessive regulations to place a stranglehold on any business that does not fall in line with its political views. Since taking office seven and a half years ago, President Obama and his administration have demonstrated nothing short of pure contempt for any form of free market capitalism. The small phone service providers do not charge the rates that the government bureaucrats want, so the FCC uses its power to regulate and fine them into submission or bankruptcy.

The purpose of the federal government is to serve its citizens and protect them, not to crush small businesses, their employees, and their customers. The FCC’s actions cause the service providers to close their businesses, which in turn means these companies’ employees no longer have jobs. It also means that low-income people can no longer afford to make that once a week call to check in with their loved ones.

As the FCC pushes the little guys like OneLink Communications, TeleUno, Cytel, and TeleDias Communications out of the phone service business, behemoths like AT&T and Verizon are happy to step in to provide long distance coverage. Unfortunately, the large providers can’t match the low rates provided by the small companies that, which have wisely focused coverage in small service areas to help keep costs down. High prices mean low-income people can no longer afford long distance calls. Thanks to the arbitrary actions of big government, AT&T and Verizon have captured a larger share of the market and have immediately raised their rates as a result of the dwindling competition.

According to Law360, the FCC has accused the small phone service providers of something they call “slamming and cramming” their customers. Law360 reported that “The companies blasted the proposed fine as an ‘overzealous’ effort by the FCC that ignored forensic and other evidence that demonstrated there was no tampering with the authorization recordings. In a statement, they promised to oppose the fine, before the FCC and in court if necessary.”
There is no validity to the FCC’s allegations, and its entire investigation process is fundamentally flawed. The phone companies’ contention is that these cases are for the sole purpose of raising LeBlanc’s profile in the hope of promoting his political aspirations.

LeBlanc has become a master at grabbing headlines that showcase his court cases and destroying of small businesses through excessive regulations. During LeBlanc’s tenure with the FCC, hundreds of millions of dollars in fines have been levied against a myriad of businesses but not a single dime has been collected. Apparently, LeBlanc’s priorities lie in image development and self-promotion, not in actually doing the job of the Chief of the Enforcement Bureau. Congress should call for his resignation immediately to prevent him from stepping on even more innocent people on his personal journey to the top of the bureaucracy latter.
 

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The old adage says it's good to have friends in high places. That's exactly what Travis LeBlanc has in the Obama Administration. LeBlanc, an Obama appointee, is the Chief of the Enforcement Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission.
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