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Robocalls

Date: 03.23.2017
Background: The FCC today adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Inquiry to explore ways to make it easier for telecommunications carriers to block robocalls calls, including spoofed calls, which fake the caller ID number to hide a caller’s real identity.  The following statement is from USTelecom CEO Jonathan...
Date: 10.26.2016
Background: Today, the Robocall Strike Force held a meeting at the Federal Communications Commission to explore next steps industry and standards bodies will be taking to combat illegal robocalls.  The following statement can be attributed to USTelecom President Walter McCormick: “USTelecom is pleased to take an active role...
Date: 08.19.2016
The first meeting of a new Robocall Strike Force, led by AT&T’s Chairman and CEO, Randall Stephenson, at the Federal Communications Commission is a step forward for consumers as industry convenes experts to stop the flood of unwanted and illegal computer-generated phone calls. AT&T recently launched the Strike Force to help find new...
Date: 07.08.2016
No one likes picking up the phone to hear brief silence, followed by an automated message promising a free Hawaiian vacation or an “urgent message” from the IRS. But consumers could soon be getting more robocalls, thanks to a recent decision that allows federal agencies and contractors to make such calls. Earlier this week, the...
Date: 04.21.2016
Robocalls continue to be a main focus for USTelecom and a broad range of industry partners. As part of that effort, USTelecom recently participated in the third annual No-Call Law Enforcement Summit held in Indianapolis from April 21 – 22, 2016. Attorney General Greg Zoeller of Indiana and Joe Bindbeutel, Chief Counsel of the Missouri...
Date: 07.23.2015
ATIS and the SIP Forum have reached consensus on a new standardized IP-based network-to-network interconnection (NNI) profile that will facilitate exchange of voice traffic over IP interconnection points. The two standards setting organizations developed the profile in consensus with service providers across the nation, including companies that...
Posted In: Robocalls
Date: 07.22.2015
Background: Today, 45 state attorneys general called upon telecom providers to offer customers call-blocking services upon request, following a decision by the Federal Communications Commission reaffirming it isn’t illegal for consumers to block calls. The following statement is from USTelecom Senior Vice President Jon Banks: “...
Posted In: Robocalls
Date: 07.13.2015
Background: Today, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel called on phone companies to take action to stop illegal robocalls.   The following statement is from USTelecom Senior Vice President Jon Banks:   “Illegal robocalls and scam solicitations should be stopped. All...
Posted In: Robocalls
Date: 06.18.2015
Background: Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted an order interpreting the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. The following statement is from USTelecom Senior Vice President, Law & Policy, Jonathan Banks: “We appreciate the FCC’s action today to clarify some aspects of the agency’s interpretation...
Posted In: Robocalls
Date: 06.11.2015
On June 8, 2015, the undersigned from the United States Telecom Association (USTelecom), John E. Benedict (CenturyLink), Ian Dillner and Chris Oatway (Verizon), and Vonda Long-Dillard and William Roughton (AT&T), met with Amy Bender and Trip Nistico in Commissioner Michael O’Rielly’s office to discuss the above referenced...

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