The Federal Communications Commission is no longer required to give robocallers warnings before levying fines and it now has more time to do so…
The war against robocalls is far from over. Last year alone, the number of robocalls hit an all-time high in 2019, totaling 58.5 billion. This figure represents a 22 percent increase from the year prior in 2018, and a whopping 92 percent increase compared to 2017. The problem is so bad, some people are even receiving robocalls from their own phone numbers. But, there’s another weapon to combat the onslaught — a new FCC rule.
FCC No Longer Warns Robocallers before Issuing Fines for Illegal Calls
The United States Federal Communication Commission has issued a new order that ends the necessitating of warnings before issuing fines to robocallers. Additionally, the new rules expands the time in which the FCC can levy fines, by extending the statute of limitations from one to two years to four years for robocalling and spoofing, alike.
That’s not all, the FCC doesn’t have to warn companies breaking the law before it slaps them with a financial penalty and has more time to do so, but it also increased the fines’ maximums, as well. Prior to the TRACED Act, the FCC could only take immediate action over spoofing and could only hit companies with fines after issuing warnings.
The Federal Communications Commission writes:
“The FCC issued an order to end the practice of warning most robocallers before issuing penalties for violating the law and for harassing consumers with unwanted robocalls. Such warnings were previously required by law until the TRACED Act was enacted.”