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FCC Announces Formation of Hospital Robocall Protection Group

FCC Announces Formation of Hospital Robocall Protection Group

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced the formation of a Hospital Robocall Protection Group. According to the FCC, this group—whose formation is mandated by the TRACED Act—will work to develop best practices for the following:

Smartphone App Includes Automatic Robocall Lawsuit Feature

As robocalls have become an increasingly prominent issue, software developers have produced a bevy of anti-robocall apps. Most of these are variations on a call-blocking theme but one new app takes things much further. DoNotPay’s “robot lawyer” app has a new feature, called Robo Revenge, that essentially baits robocallers into Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) lawsuits.

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.

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.