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FCC Proposes New Rules for International Scam Robocalls

The rules will be reviewed at the commission’s May 19 meeting to implement robocall mitigation and build on the FCC’s other efforts to stop illegal robocalls.

04/29/2022 2:30 P.M.

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Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel has proposed new rules to combat international scam robocall campaigns from entering American networks through gateway providers—the on-ramps for international call traffic, according to a news release.

This is part of Rosenworcel’s “agenda to close the avenues by which robocall scammers are using gateway providers to circumvent accountability and reach American consumers,” and build on other efforts like ending the exception to STIR/SHAKEN implementation for certain small carriers and FCC demands that voice service providers stop carrying illegal robocall traffic.

The new rules, if adopted at the FCC’s May 19 open meeting, would require gateway providers to participate in robocall mitigation, including blocking efforts, take responsibility for illegal robocall campaigns on their networks, cooperate with FCC enforcement efforts, and quickly respond to efforts to trace illegal robocalls to their source, according to the news release.

Under the proposed report and order, non-compliance by a gateway provider would result in that provider being removed from the Robocall Mitigation Database and subjected to mandatory blocking by other network participants, essentially ending its ability to operate. The FCC will also consider a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to seek comment on a requirement to expand robocall mitigation requirements for U.S.-based intermediate providers.

The commission will consider a Report and Order, Order on Reconsideration, and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking addressing foreign-originated and other illegal robocalls from multiple angles at the May 19 meeting. View a fact sheet on the report and order here.

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