WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission is proposing a $100,000 fine each against Amp'd Mobile Inc., a Los Angeles-based wireless phone company aimed at the youth market, and two other companies for failing to protect consumers' personal calling records from thieves.
The FCC has proposed such fines against at least three other U.S. companies since January 2006, for failing to comply with rules requiring that consumer phone records be protected by internal safeguards.
The commission promised aggressive and substantial steps to crack down on phone companies that fail to protect such records.
Amp'd Mobile assured the FCC in a letter in February that its internal procedures protected customer phone records, but it did not specify those procedures.
"We think the proposed fine is based on a misunderstanding, and we believe we will be able to demonstrate we have been in compliance" with FCC rules that require companies to protect personal information, said Amp'd Mobile spokeswoman Aurli Bokovza.