Wisconsin DATCP reaches settlement with American Broadband for violations of "Do Not Call" law

MADISON -- The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has reached a settlement with Ohio-based American Broadband and Telecommunications Company (American Broadband) for violations of the state’s Do Not Call law.

DATCP alleged that American Broadband made telephone solicitations to Wisconsin residents without registering with the state as a telemarketer. The agency also alleged that the company made telephone solicitations to Wisconsin residential phone numbers listed on the Do Not Call Registry between January 1, 2013 and August 31, 2013.

“Consumers who add their numbers to the state’s Do Not Call Registry are seeking relief from telemarketing pitches, and DATCP takes enforcement of the Do Not Call law seriously,” said Frank Frassetto, Division Administrator for Trade and Consumer Protection. “Because registrants took the step of notifying us about potential violations, we were able to take action.”

As part of the Consent Order, American Broadband paid a total of $75,000 in civil forfeitures and fees.

According to the settlement, American Broadband will discontinue calls to numbers receiving protection under the law and will stay current with telemarketing registration fees. The business will also provide a copy of the Consent Order to every person providing marketing activity on behalf of or in association with American Broadband and to any person responsible for the operation, configuration or maintenance of the company’s dialer system.

By entering into the agreement, American Broadband does not admit that it has violated any laws or regulations of the State of Wisconsin.