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Sprint Paying OR $1.6M For Lifeline Program Overcharges

(Salem, OR)  --  Sprint is paying Oregon one-point-six-million dollars for overcharging the Oregon Lifeline program.  Lifeline helps low income Oregonians afford phone and internet service.  In 2019, the Oregon Public Utility Commission found Sprint's subsidiary Assurance Wireless was overcharging the Lifeline program for ineligible usage.  A nationwide investigation found it was happening across the country, and the FCC recovered 368-million dollars from the company.  Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum says it sends a strong signal that waste and abuse of critical state subsidies won't be tolerated.

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