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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

FCC Chairman Pai Announces SHAKEN/STIR Robocall Summit

July 11th, 2019

The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) Chairman Ajit Pai announced that he will host a summit on July 11th, 2019 to examine telco companies progress in implementing the SHAKEN (Signature-based Handling of Asserted information using toKENs) and STIR (Secure Telephony Identity Revisited) caller ID authentication standards.

TCPA Debt Exemption Ruled Unconstitutional

In April, the Fourth Circuit struck down the TCPA Debt Exemption that permitted automated calls to cellphones when the calls were for the collection of government-backed debt such as a student loan. The ruling called the exemption "unconstitutional" and nearly resulted in the invalidation of the entire TCPA (Telephone Consumer Protection Act).