APCC Services, Inc. and Data Net Systems, LLC have filed two more lawsuits in Federal district court in Alexandria, Virginia, against switch-based resellers and prepaid calling card issuers who have failed to pay payphone service providers compensation for the use of their payphones, as mandated by Federal Communications Commission regulations. These lawsuits, the second and third in a series of suits APCC Services and Data Net will be filing, name Business Telecom, Inc. of Raleigh, North Carolina and EconoPhone, Inc. of Paramus, New Jersey.
According to Vincent R. Sandusky, President of APCC Services, “Business Telecom and EconoPhone, like PT-1 Communications which was named in the first suit we filed, have not responded to our bills and demands for payment. They have flagrantly violated their legal obligations under the Federal Communications Commission regulations and have caused considerable hardship to independent payphone service providers and misled consumers by failing to make their required payments. These lawsuits seek not only the amounts owed for compensable calls since the regulations took effect in October 1997, but also interest, punitive damages and attorneys fees.” Federal Communications Commission regulations require these long distance carriers to track and pay per call compensation at $.284 per call for the period in question.
Sandusky also noted that there will be more lawsuits filed in the coming weeks against other resellers and prepaid calling card issuers that continue to disregard their payment obligations. “We are vigorously pursuing these collection actions, but we are also in negotiations with several companies that have indicated a desire to resolve these disputes without the need for litigation,” he said. Sandusky said “carriers who come forward now without the need for litigation may be able to avoid punitive damages.”
APCC Services, Inc. and Data Net Systems, LLC are duly authorized billing and collection agents for over 2,000 payphone service providers for purposes of collecting payphone compensation from carriers such as Business Telecom, Inc. and EconoPhone, Inc.Details