Matrix Telecom to Pay $875,000 to Resolve Rural Call Completion Investigation

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The Federal Communications Commission has adopted a Consent Decree entered into between the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau (Bureau) and Matrix Telecom, Inc., a telecommunications company headquartered in Irving, Texas, which resolves and terminates the Bureau’s investigation into whether Matrix failed to complete long-distance calls to rural areas on a just, reasonable, and non-discriminatory basis in violation of Sections 201(b) and 202(a) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended.  “The Bureau initiated its investigation of Matrix (and companies Matrix had acquired, including Excel Telecommunications and Vartec Telecom) as a result of serious allegations about the company’s ability to reliably complete long-distance calls dialed to rural areas.”  Under the Consent Decree, Matrix will pay $875,000 and implement an extensive three-year compliance plan.

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