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Proposed FCC rules, phone company enforcement target robocallers

Joe Mont | February 14, 2019

The Federal Communications Commission has escalated its ongoing war against robocallers by proposing new rules banning illegal spoofed text messages and international calls. Separate from those proposals is a renewed threat of regulation and enforcement against phone companies (including wireless companies, landline providers, and tech companies offering VoIP) that fail to deploy effective caller ID authentication plans.

The proposed rules would enable the agency to address consumer concerns about unwanted text messages and scam calls from overseas.

The Truth in Caller ID Act of 2009 prohibits anyone from transmitting misleading or inaccurate caller ID information (spoofing) with the intent to defraud, cause harm, or wrongly obtain anything of value. Until the recent passage of the RAY BAUM’S Act of 2018, however, these consumer protections did not extend to text...

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