FCC's Travis Le Blanc Defends Enforcement Bureau Performance In Blog Post
December 2, 2015 at 3:59 AM (PT)
FCC Enforcement Bureau Chief TRAVIS LE BLANC, under fire in Congress for the bureau's alleged penchant for issuing big fines but not collecting them, defended his bureau's performance in a post to the agency's website.
At the Official FCC blog, LE BLANC, posting just before the holiday last week, outlined his bureau's procedures and said, "Since 2013, the Commission has steadily improved its efficiency in bringing proposed fines to conclusion, usually through settlement or a Commission-level decision to issue a final fine. In fact, the Bureau has collected 86 percent of the actual fines it has imposed over the last two years, a substantial increase over previous years. During each of the last three years, the Commission has collected more than 80 percent of the money owed in imposed fines. By comparison, in 2011, just 54.9 percent of the money owed in issued fines was collected. In 2015 alone, the Bureau has collected nearly $100 million in fines to the U.S. Treasury."
LE BLANC added that some cases "take more time because they require coordination with other government entities." and concluded, "Whether it's protecting consumer data, stopping Wi-Fi blocking, enforcing robocall rules or preventing cramming and slamming, the Enforcement Bureau will not hesitate to protect consumers' interests and the networks we all rely on."
Read the post here.