Officials said the Mississippi State is providing records of the work to the multinational telecommunications group AT&T that promised to expand broadband access in the state after the Public Service Commission gave the company nearly $ 300 million.
Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley has signed on to an investigative sub-company for AT & T’s record, which relates to the company’s claim that the state, through the Connect America Fund, a federal program for expanded broadband in rural areas of the US Provided Internet service to 133,000 locations in the country.
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The subpoena calls for AT & T’s fixed wireless service within 133,000 locations to produce documents showing the number of actual customers where the company claims the service has been rendered. It also requests the number of complaints filed with the company by customers who have taken the service and the number of residents applying for fixed wireless service based on AT & T’s claim that it was available and subsequently determined Was determined not to be in the area.
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Before issuing the investigative subpoena, Commissioner Presley informally sought documents from AT&T concerning the actual number of locations benefiting from the $ 280 million project and AT&T refused, Presley said. Some of the items in today’s subpoena were part of data requests filed by public utilities staff that were ignored by AT&T.
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Pressley said, “AT&T has pocketed $ 283,780,632 of public money with promises to expand Internet service, yet they are a regulator’s most basic questions about the use of these dollars and the actual success of their plans.” Refuses to answer, “Presley said. “It is clear to me that AT&T’s position is to take as much public funds as possible and to answer as few questions from regulators as possible.”
A spokesman for AT&T said Friday night that the company complies with the laws and requirements of the Connect America Fund.
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“In Mississippi, we are confident that we will exceed the final CAF II goal of providing high-speed access to 133,000 rural Mississippi homes by the end of this year,” spokesman Jim Greer said.