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. For example, some consumers allow schools to automatically call them with recorded announcements concerning school closings. If that consumer moves and the number is reassigned, the school isn't necessarily notified about the new owner right away and may continue to call despite the wishes of the new owner. The FCC proposed to create a single database of reassigned numbers that businesses can use to verify consumer preferences before making automated calls. "Robocalls and telemarketing calls are consistently the top source of consumer complaints received by the FCC," said the agency. "Creation of a comprehensive reassigned number resource for businesses and other robocallers could help prevent many unwanted calls that consumers currently receive. In addition, more clarity will help callers communicate more effectively with consumers who have asked for such calls." The FCC filed a Notice of Inquiry and is accepting public comments on the matter.
'Hello' App Plucks Facebook Data to Show Who's Calling
Facebook wants to make it easier for people to see who's calling and, if necessary, block those callers. The company today said it is testing a new app called Hello.
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 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.
FCC Wants Carriers to Step Up Anti-Robocall Efforts
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler today asked the country's major telephone providers to improve consumer tools for blocking robocalls. The FCC said robocalls continue to be one of the top complaints filed by consumers.
Republicans Want 'Ringless Voicemail' to Fill Your Inbox with Ads
The Republican National Committee hopes the FCC will approve a request from a marketing firm that would allow companies and organizations to silently send messages straight to consumers' cellphone voicemail inboxes. Such voicemails could be prerecorded political messages or even advertisements.
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