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FCC Considers Robocall Reforms

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FCC Considers Robocall Reforms

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been addressing two aspects of robocalls (unsolicited calls being placed to consumers) and caller ID spoofing (impersonating a different phone number to evade call blocking or filtering tools). First, the FCC is focusing on standards to verify and authenticate caller identification using a digital certificate scheme. Implementing such standards would require a regulatory framework to administer the standards.

 

The FCC is also seeking strategies for addressing the problem of robocalls made to mobile phone numbers of consumers who had previously consented to receive calls whose phone numbers are later reassigned to another consumer. Many companies, including Twitter, have been the subject of class action lawsuits as a result of consumer phone number reassignment. The FCC is looking for alternatives whereby companies initiating robocalls can be advised of phone reassignments and be given an opportunity to remove the reassigned numbers from their calling lists.

 

For more information about the FCC’s authentication initiative, go to FCC Notice of Inquiry In the Matter of Advanced Methods to Target and Eliminate Unlawful Robocalls and to get more details on the phone reassignment endeavor, go to FCC Second Notice of Inquiry In the Matter of Advanced Methods to Target and Eliminate Unlawful Robocalls  Contact us at Ossian Law P. C. contact link regarding any information technology law matter.

 

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