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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).

2019 May Restricted Call Dates

Update:

Louisiana has declared National Memorial Day as a state holiday required by its Do Not Call statute.  See the official declaration here.

State Restrictions

May 4, 2019 - Rhode Island Independence Day

  • Rhode Island

May 27, 2019 - Memorial Day

  • Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Rhode Island, Utah

Canadian Restrictions

May 20, 2019 - Victoria Day

  • National, except New Brunswick and Nova Scotia

Beware of false litigation scrub services

A rash of new litigation scrub websites have recently popped up who are making outlandish claims such as “100% free litigator scrub.” Beware these false litigation scrub services. Do not expose your company’s valuable data to an unknown website.

FCC's Reassigned Number Database Becomes Final Rule

The FCC's long awaited reassigned number database has officially become a final rule. In December of last year, the FCC announced its intention to create this database, which will, "contain the most recent permanent disconnection date for toll free numbers and for each number allocated to or ported to each provider that receives North American Numbering Plan U.S.