Wednesday, May 27, 2015
FCC Chair Tom Wheeler is proposing new ways to protect consumers against unwanted phone calls, including robocalls and sales messages. In a proposal he began circulating today, Mr. Wheeler listed a number of actions which would allow consumers to protect themselves from such unwanted intrusions. For example, consumer could revoke consent to receive such messages at any time "in any reasonable way." Carriers could begin offering robocall blocking technology to consumers. Consumers who inherit phone numbers from other users who had refused such calls could also direct callers to desist after one such call. Here's a link to the fact sheet for the proposal.
A vote on the proposal is scheduled for the FCC's June 18, 2015 meeting.