FCC Approves Rules to Ban Spoofing Text Messages and International Robocalls

The Federal Communications Commission has passed new rules which prohibit spoofing text messages and international robocalls…

The FCC has voted to approve new rules which ban spoofing text messages and international robocalls.

FCC Approves Rules to Ban Spoofing Text Messages and International Robocalls

The news comes after Chairman Ajit Pai, joined by forty state attorney generals, pushed to adopt the ban. Just a few weeks ago, Chairman Pai said: 

“We must attack this problem with every tool we have. With these new rules, we’ll close the loopholes that hamstring law enforcement when they try to pursue international scammers and scammers using text messaging.”

The FCC isn’t alone on fighting this battle. The House recently passed legislation to block spam calls through the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act. Additionally, the Senate earlier passed the TRACed Act.

Moreover, the Federal Trade Commission is doing its part by stepping up its enforcement by suing companies which participate in flooding consumers with robocalls.

Last year, Americans alone received over 48 billion automated calls. The average American receives 150 robocalls per year, with some getting as many as 16 to 20 per day.

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