FCC proposes crackdown on unwanted robocalls

FCC targets robocalls

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler circulated a proposal on Wednesday to crackdown on unwanted robocalls.

Last year alone the FCC received more than 215,000 complaints from people who had received unwanted calls, despite protection from such calls under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and the creation of the Do-Not-Call Registry in 2003.

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The proposal attempts to clarify much of the confusion over whether carriers could legally offer robocall-blocking technology, according to the FCC. Carriers under legal obligation to complete calls for consumers had previously questioned if the technology could be implemented.

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If the FCC approves the proposal at its June 18th meeting, broad-reaching messages intended for consumers would only be allowed for urgent personal matters such as health advisories or individualized financial alerts such as fraud.