From the Web: ‘The FCC Steps Up Efforts to Restrict Robocalls’
An in-depth look at the FCC’s order on a reassigned numbers database set for discussion at Dec. 12 meeting.
12/3/2018 8:00 AM
After more than a year of review and collecting comments from consumers and industry stakeholders, the Federal Communications Commission has released its final report and order on creating a reassigned numbers database for consideration at its Dec. 12 meeting, ACA International reported this week.
Michael Pryor, shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP, provides additional insight on the proposed order in a new article, “The FCC Steps Up Efforts to Restrict Robocalls.”
In the article, Pryor notes that “interested parties have a limited period of time to raise any concerns with the draft orders. Once adopted, parties should pay close attention to the work of the North American Numbering Council as its recommendations likely will play a significant role in finalizing the operational details of the reassigned number database and how user fees will be structured. It likely will be some time before the database is up and running, although number disconnect recordkeeping requirements will begin once they are approved by the Office of Management and Budget, even if the database itself is not yet ready for use. Stakeholders should also closely monitor upcoming FCC action on the TCPA, which is likely to determine the nature and scope of a safe harbor for those using the database.”
ACA International filed comments with the FCC in support of its efforts to combat illegal and fraudulent calls, while reiterating the need for clear interpretations of the TCPA. ACA supported efforts to develop a concise reassigned numbers database in June, urging that it be reasonably priced, accurate and easy to use and include a safe harbor. The FCC indicated that it will address the issue of a safe harbor in its order concerning the ACA lawsuit, which is expected in early 2019.
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