INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's utility agency is investigating an Oklahoma-based cell phone company after it set up 30,000 accounts in the state for a federal subsidy program in less than a year.
The Indianapolis Business Journal reports Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission documents say TerraCom LLC might have improperly activated duplicate accounts.
Records show TerraCom receives $250,000 or more every month from the federal Lifeline program every month in Indiana.
TerraCom executive Dale Schmick says the Oklahoma City company is successfully marketing its service to low-income customers and welcomes the chance to explain itself to Indiana officials.
The utility commission has scheduled a May 30 hearing to discuss TerraCom's case.
The federal Lifeline program dates to 1985 and provides subsidies averaging $9.25 nationwide toward discount phone service plans.
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