Recently, Consider The Consumer has become quite interested in both the art, and arc, of Robocalls around the world. These scams and pleas for you to give up either information, money, etc., are to be considered very dangerous, and our plan is to prevent them from affecting you (please see our how to stop Robocalls article)!
The following is another article with updates on the Robocalling world:
The Federal Communications Commission announced that it is levying a fine of more than $2.8 million against a New Mexico-based company for selling technology that enabled millions of unsolicited robocalls.
The company’s calling technology platform powered “millions of illegal robocalls to mobile phones without express prior consent from consumers,” the FCC said in a statement. The agency announced the fine during its monthly open meeting on Thursday.
The agency chose to levy the fine against Dialing Services LLC due to “willful and repeated violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. The action makes clear that the FCC is willing to enforce the TCPA against technology companies that are integral in placing the calls.
The FCC’s enforcement bureau found that the company blasted out more than 4.7 million unsolicited robocalls to cellphones in just three months, Pai said. The agency first warned the company in 2013 that its technology was promoting unsolicited calls, but after the warning, the bureau found the company was still enabling the calls.
Democratic Commissioner Mignon Clyburn said the fine is an example of the degree to which the agency will tolerate this kind of behavior.
“Today’s nearly $3 million penalty against Dialing Services LLC shows just how serious we are about enforcement,” she said.
However, Republican Commissioner Michael O’Rielly, who has spoken in favor of giving some robocallers the benefit of the doubt, took issue with the way the agency approached the case. He said the FCC should have been more precise in its enforcement efforts and that he isn’t sure the allegations are correct.
“This seems like a stretch under the law and looks a lot like those that sue gun manufacturers whenever there is a horrible event,” he said. “It opens a huge can of worms.”
The agency has taken a serious stand against robocalling lately, passing two items Thursday that would solicit comment on implementing a “comprehensive resource” for identifying reassigned numbers and standards for call authentication.
In June, the FCC announced a landmark fine of $120 million against Miami resident Adrian Abramovich, who allegedly flooded consumers with 96 million unlawful robocalls in three months. The agency said he spoofed local numbers to trick consumers into listening to ad messages, basing the fine on 80,000 verified calls.
The FCC has recently considered other rulemaking initiatives to tackle robocalling, including rules would allow a carrier to block a call purporting to be from a number it isn’t from, an invalid number or a number that has not been assigned to a subscriber.