FCC Proposes New Rules to Protect Consumers From Illegal Robocalls, To Include a Safe Harbor for Blocked Calls that Fail Caller ID Authentication

July 2, 2019

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) has released a Declaratory Ruling and Third Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on June 7, 2019 in an attempt to further protect consumers from illegal, including spoofed, robocalls. (Docket Nos. CG 17-59 and WC 17-97) The FCC clarifies that voice service providers may utilize “reasonable analytics” to identify and block robocalls on a default basis. At the same time, the FCC is proposing to adopt a rule mandating the implementation (for those voice providers who have not already voluntarily done so) of the industry’s SHAKEN/STIR Caller ID authentication and protections for critical calls, including calls to Public Safety Answer Points (“PSAPs”)…

July 10, 2017

The Federal Communications Commission has proposed a historic $120 million fine against an individual, Mr. Adrian Abramovich, who reportedly made more than 100 million unlawful “spoofed” robocalls in violation of the Truth in Caller ID Act. On June 22, 2017, the Commission approved a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture finding Mr. Abramovich apparently liable for violations of the Act and Commission rules. On the same day, the Enforcement Bureau issued a Citation and Order notifying Mr. Abramovich that he violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) by making prerecorded telemarketing calls to emergency phone lines, wireless phones, and residential phones without consent…