FCC Chairman Proposes Rule Amendment Banning Caller ID Spoofing

Proposal focused on text messages and international calls set for vote at FCC’s Aug. 1 meeting.

7/12/2019 8:00 AM

FCC Chairman Proposes Rule Amendment Banning Caller ID Spoofing

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai recently proposed adoption of rule amendments banning malicious caller ID spoofing of text messages and international calls. The proposed amendments in a Report and Order from the FCC are available online now and slated for a vote during the FCC’s Aug. 1 meeting.

“With these new rules, we’ll close the loopholes that hamstring law enforcement when they try to pursue international scammers and scammers using text messaging,” Pai said.

The chairman’s proposal follows a bipartisan call from more than 40 state attorneys general for the FCC to adopt these new anti-spoofing rules and continue its “multi-pronged approach to battle the noxious intrusion of illegal robocalls, as well as malicious caller ID spoofing,” according to a news release from the FCC.

The FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to ban illegal spoofed text messages and international calls in February, ACA International previously reported.

While ACA continues advocacy with the FCC to ensure regulatory efforts do not impact the need for legitimate businesses to contact consumers using automated technology, the association is also supportive of efforts to crack down on illegal and bad actors making spoofed calls.

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