FCC asks telecom companies to help trace international robocalls


The letters are part of a larger, coordinated effort with the Office of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Fee (FTC). Last week, the DOJ took its initially ever enforcement motion versus a handful of US providers involved in robocall schemes, most of which originated outdoors of the US. The FTC also despatched letters to 19 VoIP providers warning them that “aiding and facilitating” robocalling is illegal. Last 12 months, the FTC shut down four separate robocall operations responsible for inserting billions of illegal phone calls.

Last week, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai circulated a proposal for new rules that could assist establish a consortium to carry out private-led initiatives to trace the resource of suspected unlawful robocalls. In accordance to the FCC, industry participation in phone traceback initiatives has been valuable, and as the FCC appears to broaden its anti-robocall initiatives outdoors of US borders, industry participation could proceed to enjoy a role.

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