Public and Private Sectors Team Up To Battle Robocalls

The FTC and FCC co-hosted the Stop Illegal Robocalls Expo on Monday April 23rd, highlighting public and private sector efforts to stop the epidemic of unlawful robocalls in America. The private sector was represented by industry giants such as AT&T and Comcast, as well as smaller tech firms such as Nomorobo.

The Stop Illegal Robocalls Expo featured technologies, devices and applications to minimize or eliminate the number of illegal robocalls consumers receive.

FCC Chief of Staff Matthew Berry emphasized the need for cooperation in a brief address, saying "There isn't one silver bullet that is going to end the scourge of illegal robocalls. Thanks in large part to technology that makes it incredibly easy and cheap to make large numbers of spoofed robocalls, this is a difficult problem to solve, and everyone needs to play their part in getting the job done. That's why it's important that Congress is actively engaged. That's why it's important that the FCC and FTC are working together. That's why it's important that the private sector is coming up with new ways to combat unwanted and unlawful robocalls. And that's why it's important for the American people to learn about the options that are available to them right now to reduce the number of robocalls they receive."

Litigation plays an important role in this struggle as well, giving back the power to consumers in a court of law and punishing the worst actors of the robocalling industry. Consumers in America are protected under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), which has strict rules against automated and harassing phone calls. The statute provides remedies that include statutory damages, generally from $500 to $1500 for each violation, which are paid to the consumer. You can learn more about your rights under the TCPA in our article here.

If you feel your rights have been violated in any way, talk with a lawyer right away to discuss your case. The TCPA allows victims of rights violations under the act to bring lawsuits. Our firm can help you fight back.

Talk with one of our lawyers if you have been harassed by collectors or solicitors. Call 866-855-6173 or email us to schedule a free consultation.

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