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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai proposes rules banning overseas robocallers

By Cal Jeffrey · 17 replies
Jul 8, 2019
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  1. On Monday, the Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai proposed new rules that would not only ban caller ID spoofing for text messages but would also prohibit robocalls that originate from outside the United States. The proposal has already received support from over 40 state attorneys general. The FCC has scheduled a vote on it for August 1.

    “Scammers often robocall us from overseas, and when they do, they typically spoof their numbers to try and trick consumers,” Pai said in a press release. “Call center fraudsters often pretend to be calling from trusted organizations and use pressure tactics to steal from Americans. 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 rules would give teeth to the Ray Baum’s Act (RBA) that was enacted last year. The RBA is stopgap provision for the already existing Truth in Caller ID Act, which failed to address text messages or calls from outside of the United States. If approved, the rules would give the FCC and the FTC tools to fight these types of malicious communications.

    Both agencies have been busy lately with combating the robocall problem. Last month, the FCC adopted rules allowing carriers to auto block spam calls. Shortly afterward, the FTC released information on some 94 legal actions that it has taken against fraudsters responsible for more than a billion automated scam calls last year.

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  2. ckm88

    ckm88 TS Addict Posts: 166   +119

    You're still an *****, Pai.
  3. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 4,002   +3,484

    None of these actions against Robocalls have done anything. It's beginning to appear like a farce.
    MonsterZero likes this.
  4. ForgottenLegion

    ForgottenLegion TS Guru Posts: 414   +416

    I propose a rule to ban photos of ajit pai being used by any media outlet. Please censor that ugly mug.
  5. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,458   +1,034

    Which actions, exactly, have been able to be implemented (and can be proved ineffective)? Because last I heard, bureaucracy takes a looong time...
    loki1944 likes this.
  6. MonsterZero

    MonsterZero TS Evangelist Posts: 566   +323

    Seems like robocalls got worse and worse right about the time Ajit took office. Coincidence? Probably but I like to think he is behind it somehow.
    mbrowne5061 likes this.
  7. kevbev89

    kevbev89 TS Maniac Posts: 187   +168

    I noticed I have been getting way fewer robocalls lately.
    So at least maybe some of us have benefited?

    Glad my phone number may still have some use...
  8. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,393   +3,780

    What??? Two intelligent proposals in a row??? Can't happen, won't happen, he's just gas lighting ......
    Panda218 likes this.
  9. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 4,002   +3,484

  10. PEnnn

    PEnnn TS Enthusiast Posts: 88   +83

    I don't trust that imbecile.

    And furthermore, Ajit "proposes"?? At this rate something might happen in in 2050.
  11. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing - click on the rock below.. Posts: 4,067   +1,190

    Lets just appreciate the moment - when the FCC recalls its function - and hope for more.
  12. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,543   +918

    Overseas robocalls are just half the story.
  13. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,458   +1,034

    Last edited: Jul 8, 2019
    loki1944 likes this.
  14. MikeAcker

    MikeAcker TS Enthusiast Posts: 37   +6

    This should have been done the first day he took his seat at chair
  15. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,198   +1,625

    As much as I wish they were doing this because they actually cared about people, I am betting is because they are tired of getting robocalls themselves.
    Jeff Re likes this.
  16. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 3,993   +2,292

    Maybe Pai can see fit to institute a policy banning himself from the FCC. ;) I know, wishful thinking! :laughing:
  17. mbrowne5061

    mbrowne5061 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,209   +670

    Created his own problem to solve, rather than fix one of the existing issues.
    MonsterZero likes this.
  18. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,458   +1,034

    Are you people really that blind to your own hatred? Or do you have something tangible to back up your BS?

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