A public service commission in Mississippi has issued an investigative subpoena to AT&T regarding its use of $280 million from the Connect America Fund to expand internet service in that state. The commissioners are looking into if the carrier made internet service available to 133,000 locations as it claims.
In particular, the subpoena demands number of actual subscribers to AT&T’s fixed wireless service within the 133,000 locations, the number of complaints filed by customers and the number of Mississippians who applied for fixed wireless service but were later determined not to be in an area covered. Prior to issuing the
Previously, AT&T refused to provide that information, which prompted the issuance of the investigative subpoena. Additionally, some items in subpoena were part of data requests filed by public utilities staff that went ignored by AT&T. The Mississippi Public Service.
“AT&T has pocketed $283,780,632 of public money with a promise to expand internet service, yet they refuse to answer the most basic questions of a regulator surrounding the use of these dollars and the actual success of their plans,” said Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley. “With their claim that they have exceeded making service available to 133,000 locations, it is natural to ask these questions, especially in light of the lack of internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, AT&T refuses to answer. It is very clear to me that AT&T’s position is to take as much public money as possible and answer as few questions from regulators as possible.”