FCC Hits Hawaii Telecom with Massive $49.6M Fine

Government Technology: The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday penalized a Hawaii telecommunications company and its founder, Albert Hee, with one of its largest fines ever.

The FCC imposed a $49.6 million fine against Sandwich Isles Communications along with parent company Waimana Enterprises and former sole shareholder Hee for what the agency contends was $27 million in undue payments received from the federal Universal Service Fund to establish and maintain high-cost communications network operations serving about 3,600 Department of Hawaiian Home Lands customers.

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