Federal Communications Commission: Call Blocking Updates

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Last week, FCC Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau Chief, Patrick Webre, released a blog titled Building on the Promise of Call Blocking.  The blog highlights a recently released report on call blocking tools that found call-blocking technology is now widely available at low or no cost to customers. These tools build on actions taken by the Commission as part of its multiprong approach to addressing this pressing consumer issue.

The FCC will also consider additional action to strengthen call blocking policies this Thursday, July 16, 2020 at its monthly Open Meeting which will be live streamed at www.fcc.gov/live at 10:30 a.m. Eastern time.

In other robocall news, Chairman Ajit Pai welcomed the recent United States Supreme Court ruling in Barr v. American Association of Political Consultants that found the carve-out for federal government debt collection robocalls unconstitutional:

“I am glad to hear that Americans, who are sick and tired of unwanted robocalls, will now get the relief from federal-debt-collector robocalls they have long deserved.” 

You can view his full statement here: https://www.fcc.gov/document/pai-welcomes-supreme-court-government-debt-collection-robocall-ruling

Consumers interested in learning more about call blocking and labeling tools can visit the FCC’s  new call blocking guide www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/call-blocking-tools-and-resources. The Consumer Help Center also has guides on robocalls and called ID spoofing.

You can also file a complaint about unwanted calls or other telecommunications issues at the FCC’s Consumer Complaint Center.