FCC Seeks $660K Fine From Wireless Co. With Russia Links

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By Christopher Cole (April 21, 2022, 4:04 PM EDT) — A Montana wireless carrier faces a proposed fine of more than $660,000 for allegedly failing to disclose to the Federal Communications Commission that it was indirectly controlled behind the scenes by foreign nationals, including citizens of Russia and Cyprus.

The FCC voted unanimously at an open meeting Thursday to issue the penalty against Truphone Ltd. for “apparently exceeding statutory limits for ownership by foreign individuals or entities holding equity or voting interests” in licenses without commission approval.

FCC commissioners said the enforcement action fits with agency efforts to beef up U.S. network security by making sure the federal government is aware…

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