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FTC Launches Operation Call It Quits Against Robocallers

On July 25th, 2019, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), along with its state and federal partners, announced a major crackdown on illegal robocalls. The program, called Operation Call It Quits, includes 94 actions targeting operations responsible for over one billion calls.

2019 July Restricted Do Not Call Dates

State Restricted Do Not Call Dates

July 4, 2019 – Independence Day

  • Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Rhode Island, Utah

July 5, 2019 – State Holiday declared by Governor

  • Alabama

July 24, 2019 – Pioneer Day

  • Utah

Canadian Restricted Do Not Call Dates

July 1, 2019 – Canada Day

  • National

Phone carriers can now block robocalls by default

Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved a Declaratory Ruling that will allow phone service providers to block robocalls by default. Reasonable call analytics will be used by the services providers to determine if default blocking will be allowed.

Senate Overwhelmingly Approves TRACED Act

On Thursday May 23rd, 2019, the Senate approved the TRACED Act which will dramatically increase fines for illegal robocalls. The bill passed with an overwhelming 97-1 vote. Only a single vote from Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) was against the legislation. The TRACED Act’s next stop is the House of Representatives.

FCC Proposes Robocall Blocking by Default

On May 15, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) submitted a proposal that would allow phone carriers to block unwanted robocalls to their customers by default. Most phone service providers offer call-blocking as an opt-in service, but this new initiative would allow robocall blocking by phone carriers without opt-in.

2019 June Restricted Do Not Call Dates

State Restricted Do Not Call Dates

June 3, 2019 - Confederate Memorial Day

  • Louisiana (statutory but not enforced)

June 3, 2019 - Jefferson Davis' Birthday

  • Alabama

Canadian Restricted Do Not Call Dates

June 21, 2019 - Aboriginal Day

  • Northwest Territories, Yukon only