March 14, 2017
The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) recently issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Inquiry involving the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”). The proposed rules would institute new caller ID processes aimed at facilitating the blocking of fraudulent robocalls. In essence, the FCC’s proposed rules seek to make “spoofing” more difficult for unscrupulous telemarketers and IRS scam artists. Spoofing is a process through which fake caller ID information is used to mask or misrepresent the caller’s true identity. If the FCC’s new rules go into effect, TCPA lawyers should advise their telemarketing clients that telephone service providers will be given increased power to prevent caller ID spoofing and that, as a result, “false positive” blocking may occur.
What are the FCC’s New Proposed TCPA Rules?