The Chair of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, says the agency will become more assertive in dealing with robocallers…
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai recently said in an interview it’s a priority to take “very aggressive actions” against robocallers. Pai also stated the problem is “getting out of control.”
FCC Vows Aggressive Robocall Enforcement
Pai directed his agency to demand wireless carriers and phone companies adopt call authentication. Or, what’s known as SHAKEN/STIR or “Secure Handling of Asserted information using toKENs” and “Secure Telephony Identity Revisited” protocol.
Basically, the system matches up known legitimate numbers from fakes. It essentially validates incoming phone numbers to ensure they originate from genuine sources.
Pai said during the interview:
“We’re taking other steps to block spoofed numbers that have numbers that might come from abroad but appear on your phone as if they’re coming from your area code. And we’re also going after the robocallers imposing the largest fines in the FCC is history on some of these robocallers.”
In April, the US Senate passed the TRACED Act, which expands the FCC’s authority to fine telemarketers. The bill likewise gives the agency more time to take action. And, it additionally requires mobile carriers to adopt call ID technologies.
The new TRACED act robocall bill gives the FCC the power to levy civil penalties of up to $10,000 per call on people would do not comply with the law.
Since 2015, the FCC has handed down fines for violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act in the amount of $208 billion. But, the government has only collected $6,790.
Americans received 26.3 billion spam calls last year. That’s up sharply, by 46 percent, over 2017.
The FTC reports it receives nearly 400,000 robocall complaints per day. That works out to an astounding 146 million per year.