FCC Adopts Strong Anti-Robocall Rules
The FCC today adopted a set of rules proposed in May that make it harder for telemarketers and others to place unwanted calls or send unwanted messages to wireless phones. The new laws provide clarity for businesses and consumers on when robocalls and other phone-based outreach is permitted. The new rules let consumers revoke their consent to receive such calls/messages at any time; permit carriers to create do-not-disturb blocking services; ensure new owners of reassigned numbers don't receive calls/messages meant for the previous owner; define autodialers to prevent misuse of the laws; and allow very limited and specific exceptions for urgent circumstances, such as to prevent fraud. The FCC promised to enforce the rules strictly.
FCC Moves to Better Protect Against Unwanted Calls
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler today circulated a new proposal for taming unwanted robocalls and text messages to mobile phones. According to the FCC, the proposal is a response to more than a dozen petitions seeking clarity on when robocalls and other phone-based outreach is permitted.
FCC to Help People with Reassigned Numbers Avoid Robocalls
The FCC today said it hopes to help people escape robocalls. Specifically, the FCC is targeting numbers that previously agreed to receive robocalls but have been reassigned to new people or businesses.
FCC Says Lyft Violated Robo-Call Rules
The FCC today cited Lyft for violating rules meant to prevent companies from using autodialers and other automated tools to call or message consumers. According to the FCC, Lyft's terms of service mandates that all customers agree to receive marketing messages.
Court to Allow Net Neutrality Rules to Take Effect
A federal appeals court today refused to block the FCC's net neutrality rules from going into effect. USTelecom, the CTIA, and other groups sought to prevent them from becoming law while the rules are being litigated.