AG Schmidt To FCC: Strengthen Rules To Protect Consumers From Robocalls

TOPEKA – Following the recent announcement that 12 major telecom companies have agreed to actions aimed at reducing unwanted robocalls, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last week to require telecom companies to implement the caller ID authentication technology outlined in the agreement if they fail to do so voluntarily by the end of 2019.

The comment letter to the FCC follows the announcement last week of Anti-Robocall Principles agreed to by 12 telecom companies and a bipartisan public-private coalition made up of Kansas, attorneys general from the 49 other states and the District of Columbia. FCC action, if adopted as the comment letter recommends, would mandate compliance with the caller ID authentication technology in the Anti-Robocall Principles, and establish a framework for compliance with other terms such as offering free, automatic call blocking technology to consumers.

“The exploding problem of unwanted robocalls has been enabled by technology and effectively addressing it will require the cooperation of the companies that operate telecommunications services,” Schmidt said. “Today’s letter is part of our continuing ‘all-of-the-above’ approach to trying to curb the scourge of unwanted robocalls.”



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