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Short Take: Qwest fined $2 million for "slamming"

The Federal Communications Commission fined Qwest Communications International more than $2 million for "slamming," or switching customers' long distance phone service without permission. The commission cited several instances of evidently forged consent letters for the changes, including one customer's complaint that his deceased dog "Boris" appeared as the authorizing party. The company has 30 days to pay the fine or appeal the judgement.

The Federal Communications Commission fined Qwest Communications International more than $2 million for "slamming," or switching customers' long distance phone service without permission. The commission cited several instances of evidently forged consent letters for the changes, including one customer's complaint that his deceased dog "Boris" appeared as the authorizing party. The company has 30 days to pay the fine or appeal the judgement.