Tekstar settles ‘traffic pumping’ charges [UPDATED]Published 10:07am Friday, November 16, 2012 Updated 12:07pm Friday, November 16, 2012
Without admitting any wrongdoing, Tekstar Communications agreed to pay $146,000 and reduce its intrastate switched access rates in a settlement with the Minnesota Department of Commerce.
The agreement settle charges that Tekstar engaged in “traffic pumping,” in violation of state telecommunications law.
“Traffic pumping” occurs when out-of-state chat lines funnel calls through rural telecommunication providers, which can collect high access fees, impacting the bottom line on consumers’ phone bills.
Tekstar is owned by Perham-based Arvig Communications.