FCC proposed rules on robotexting and robocall prevention
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed rules to prevent robotexting and robocalls to reassigned numbers. Here are the details.
Declaratory ruling on text messaging
This rule would clearly establish that text messaging services are information services, not telephone services. This distinction would allow carriers to continue to use robotext blocking and anti-spoofing measures to protect consumers from unwanted text messages, called robotexts.
“Americans rely on and trust text messaging,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. “That’s why we need to act to prevent a deluge of spam texts and scam messages.”
Order to create database of reassigned numbers
This order would call for the creation of a single, comprehensive database of reassigned numbers. This information would be provided by phone companies that obtain North American Numbering Plan U.S. geographic numbers.
Millions of telephone numbers are reassigned each year. While reassigning numbers is an efficient use of the number pool, it can cause problems for everyone involved:
- Subscribers with reassigned numbers get unwanted calls intended for the previous telephone number holders.
- Subscribers miss calls from parties they forgot to notify after changing their phone numbers.
- Organizations with prior authorized consent are unable to contact their customers and inadvertently annoy new number holders instead.
The reassigned numbers database would enable legitimate callers to check whether a number has been reassigned and thereby avoid making unwanted calls.
Chairman Pai explained, “I’m also proposing new rules to help reduce robocalls to reassigned numbers by creating a database that will help legitimate businesses stop calling those numbers.”
The FCC will discuss these items at its Open Commission Meeting on December 12, 2018.
September 22, 2020
September 16, 2020
September 9, 2020
September 2, 2020
August 26, 2020
August 24, 2020
July 27, 2020
July 16, 2020
June 29, 2020
June 25, 2020
April 7, 2020
April 1, 2020
January 20, 2020
January 2, 2020
October 1, 2019
August 15, 2019
April 29, 2019
ClearIP delivers the fastest, easiest, most-precise prevention of telecom fraud and robocalls. It’s ready-to-go with Secure Telephone Identity using STIR/SHAKEN.Learn more