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Industry: telecommunications
Penalty Total since 2000$14,562,164,094
Number of Records: 1,217
Note: The totals include only those entries matched to a parent company. The industry designation is the primary one for the parent's operations overall. The totals are adjusted to account for the fact that each parent's entries may include both agency records and settlement announcements for the same case; or else a penalty covering multiple locations may be listed in the individual records for each of the facilities. They are also adjusted to reflect cases in which federal and state or local agencies cooperated and issued separate announcements of the outcome. Duplicate or overlapping penalty amounts are marked with an asterisk in the individual records list below.
Top 10 Current Parent CompaniesTotal Penalty $Number of Records
ZTE$2,592,360,0644
Verizon Communications$2,522,083,209245
T-Mobile US$1,728,257,83596
Ericsson$1,376,507,02815
AT&T$1,221,024,250313
Mobile TeleSystems PJSC$850,000,0002
Telia Company AB$731,603,9722
DISH Network$592,984,01834
Lumen Technologies$490,505,292106
Frontier Communications$420,241,07232

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CompanyCurrent ParentPrimary Offense TypeYearAgencyPenalty Amount sort icon .
AlticeAltice USA Inc.consumer protection violation2018NY-AG$5,000,000
DirecTVAT&Tconsumer protection violation2005MULTI-AG$5,000,000
EchoStar Communications CorporationDISH Networkconsumer protection violation2003MULTI-AG$5,000,000
Frontier Telephone of Rochester, Inc.Frontier Communicationsutility safety violation2021NY-PSC$5,000,000
VerizonVerizon Communicationsconsumer protection violation2004CA-PUC$4,836,000
T-Mobile USA, Inc.T-Mobile USwage and hour violation2003WHD$4,779,985
Cablevision Systems CorporationAltice USA Inc.consumer protection violation2019private lawsuit-federal$4,750,000
Vonage America Inc.Ericssonconsumer protection violation2011private lawsuit-federal$4,750,000
Cingular Wireless, LLCAT&Twage and hour violation2007WHD$4,711,767
TracFone Wireless Inc.Verizon Communicationstelecommunications violation2013FCC$4,573,376
Avaya Inc.Avaya Holdingsemployment discrimination2007private lawsuit-state$4,555,459
NBC Universal Television GroupComcastwage and hour violation2017private lawsuit-federal$4,266,000
Lucent Technologies World Services Inc.NokiaFalse Claims Act and related2012DOJ_CIVIL$4,200,000
Verizon Business Network Services LLCVerizon CommunicationsFalse Claims Act and related2023DOJ_CIVIL$4,091,317
Southern New England TelephoneFrontier Communicationstelecommunications violation2015FCC$4,000,000
Sprint/United Management CompanyT-Mobile USwage and hour violation2019private lawsuit-federal$4,000,000
Verizon WirelessVerizon Communicationsprivacy violation2016private lawsuit-federal$4,000,000
Lumen TechnologiesLumen Technologiestelecommunications violation2021FCC$3,800,000
Time Warner CableCharter Communicationswage and hour violation2014private lawsuit-federal$3,750,000
QwestLumen Technologiesconsumer protection violation2003AZ-AG$3,750,000
AT&TAT&Tutility administrative violation2020CA-PUC$3,750,000
AmeritechAT&Tutility administrative violation2000MI-PSC$3,750,000
SBC CommunicationsAT&Ttelecommunications violation2002FCC$3,600,000
T-Mobile USA, Inc.T-Mobile USutility service violation2022CA-PUC$3,585,000
AT&TAT&TFalse Claims Act and related2013DOJ_CIVIL$3,500,000
MCI WorldcomVerizon Communicationstelecommunications violation2000FCC$3,500,000
Time Warner CableCharter Communicationswage and hour violation2016private lawsuit-federal$3,500,000
Qwest CommunicationsLumen Technologiesutility administrative violation2005NM-PRC$3,500,000
MCI Communication ServicesVerizon Communicationswage and hour violation2009private lawsuit-federal$3,450,000
VerizonVerizon Communicationstelecommunications violation2015FCC$3,400,000
Sprint NextelT-Mobile USwage and hour violation2016private lawsuit-federal$3,370,000
MCIVerizon Communicationsconsumer protection violation2006CA-PUC$3,300,000
AT&TAT&Twage and hour violation2013private lawsuit-federal$3,287,500
Cricket Wireless, LLC and AT&T, Inc.AT&Tconsumer protection violation2021MD-AG$3,274,973
Sprint/United Management CompanyT-Mobile USwage and hour violation2019private lawsuit-federal$3,250,000
Level 3 Communications, Inc.Lumen Technologiesbenefit plan administrator violation2012private lawsuit-federal$3,200,000
Qwest CorporationLumen Technologiesconsumer protection violation2002WA-UTC$3,200,000
Pacific BellAT&Twage and hour violation2013private lawsuit-federal$3,100,000
Verizon Select Services Inc. and Snyder CommunicationsVerizon Communicationsconsumer protection violation2001FL-AG$3,100,000
VONAGEEricssonconsumer protection violation2009MULTI-AG$3,000,000
SprintT-Mobile USconsumer protection violation2015FTC$2,950,000
AT&T Communications- East, Inc.AT&TFalse Claims Act and related2006DOJ_CIVIL$2,900,000
Qwest Corporation dba CenturyLink QCLumen Technologiesutility service violation2016WA-UTC$2,854,750
NextelT-Mobile USwage and hour violation2010private lawsuit-federal$2,800,000
AT&T ServicesAT&Twage and hour violation2018private lawsuit-federal$2,750,000
Sprint United Management CompanyT-Mobile USwage and hour violation2021private lawsuit-federal$2,750,000
SprintT-Mobile USwage and hour violation2011private lawsuit-federal$2,712,000
Frontier Communications of New York, Inc.Frontier Communicationsutility service violation2021NY-PSC$2,700,000
CenturyLinkLumen Technologiesconsumer protection violation2016ND-PSC$2,660,000
AT&T MobilityAT&Tconsumer protection violation2009NY-AG$2,630,000
SBC CommunicationsAT&Ttelecommunications violation2001FCC$2,520,000
Frontier Communications Parent, Inc. et al.Frontier Communicationsutility service violation2022CA-PUC$2,504,000
Windstream CorporationWindstreamtelecommunications violation2014FCC$2,500,000
T-MobileT-Mobile USprivacy violation2022MULTI-AG$2,430,000
T-MobileT-Mobile USprivacy violation2022MULTI-AG$2,430,000
General Communication Inc.Liberty Broadbandtelecommunications violation2016FCC$2,400,000
Sprint CommunicationsT-Mobile USconsumer protection violation2004FL-AG$2,400,000
Blockbuster Inc.DISH Networkemployment discrimination2011EEOC$2,328,668
DIRECTVAT&Tprivacy violation2009FTC$2,310,000
ComcastComcasttelecommunications violation2016FCC$2,300,000
AT&T Mobility LLCAT&Tutility safety violation2012CA-PUC$2,300,000
Cellco Partnership LLP d/b/a Verizon WirelessVerizon Communicationsutility safety violation2012CA-PUC$2,300,000
Sprint Telephony PCS, L.P.T-Mobile USutility safety violation2012CA-PUC$2,300,000
Time Warner CableCharter Communicationsconsumer protection violation2013NY-AG$2,200,000
Cricket Communications Inc.AT&TFalse Claims Act and related2014USAO$2,174,432
AT&T Inc.AT&Tcivil contempt2009DOJ_CIVIL$2,000,000
AT&T WirelessAT&Ttelecommunications violation2002FCC$2,000,000
DISH Network L.L.C.DISH Networkconsumer protection violation2015CO-AG$2,000,000
T-Mobile USA IncT-Mobile USwage and hour violation2021private lawsuit-federal$2,000,000
Dish NetworkDISH Networkwage and hour violation2016private lawsuit-federal$1,918,036
Time Warner Cable Inc.Charter Communicationsconsumer protection violation2013FTC$1,900,000
Ribbon Communications Inc. (fka Sonus Networks)Ribbon Communicationsinvestor protection violation2018SEC$1,900,000
MetroPCST-Mobile USwage and hour violation2015private lawsuit-state$1,850,000
AT&TAT&Tenvironmental violation2000EPA$1,800,000
SprintT-Mobile USwage and hour violation2018private lawsuit-federal$1,800,000
Universal City StudiosComcastwage and hour violation2016private lawsuit-federal$1,800,000
AT&T MobilityAT&Tconsumer protection violation2011FL-AG$1,760,000
Ericsson de Panama S. A.Ericssonexport control violation2012BIS$1,753,000
DISH Network LLCDISH Networkemployment screening violation2017private lawsuit-federal$1,750,000
VerizonVerizon Communicationsconsumer protection violation2014MD-AG$1,700,000
Cingular WirelessAT&Tconsumer protection violation2004MULTI-AG$1,666,666
Sprint PCST-Mobile USconsumer protection violation2004MULTI-AG$1,666,666
Verizon WirelessVerizon Communicationsconsumer protection violation2004MULTI-AG$1,666,666
AT&T, Inc.AT&Tconsumer protection violation2023MD-AG$1,625,000
Cricket Wireless, LLCAT&Tconsumer protection violation2023MD-AG$1,625,000
General Communication Inc.Liberty BroadbandFalse Claims Act and related2011DOJ_CIVIL$1,556,075
Lucent Technologies Inc.NokiaForeign Corrupt Practices Act2007SEC$1,500,000
Pacific BellAT&Twage and hour violation2009private lawsuit-federal$1,500,000
Verizon WirelessVerizon Communicationsconsumer protection violation2009FL-AG$1,500,000
AT&T Mobility National Accounts LLCAT&Tconsumer protection violation2021DC-AG$1,500,000
US West CommunicationsLumen Technologiesutility service violation2000AZ-CC$1,500,000
Bell Atlantic-New Jersey, Inc.Verizon Communicationsemployment discrimination2003private lawsuit-state$1,479,320
AT&T MissouriAT&TFalse Claims Act and related2009DOJ_CIVIL$1,400,000
BellSouth CorporationAT&Ttelecommunications violation2003FCC$1,400,000
Alcatel-Lucent Inc.Nokiaemployment discrimination2013private lawsuit-federal$1,400,000
Cablevision Systems CorporationAltice USA Inc.wage and hour violation2019private lawsuit-federal$1,400,000
New Cingular WirelessAT&Tenvironmental violation2013EPA$1,375,000
New Cingular - AWSAT&Tenvironmental violation2013EPA(*)Penalty amounts marked by an asterisk are ones announced by more than one agency. Parent penalty totals are adjusted to avoid double-counting. $1,375,000
Verizon WirelessVerizon Communicationstelecommunications violation2016FCC$1,350,000
SBC CommunicationsAT&Ttelecommunications violation2003FCC$1,350,000
DirecTV, Inc. et al.AT&Twage and hour violation2011private lawsuit-federal$1,350,000
(*): Penalty amounts marked by an asterisk are ones announced by more than one agency. Parent penalty totals are adjusted to avoid double-counting.