FCC Will Allow Carriers To Block Other Platforms' Robocalls

Law360 (July 16, 2020, 4:36 PM EDT) -- The Federal Communications Commission took another step in its war against unwanted robocalls on Thursday, voting to allow voice carriers to block phone traffic handed off from their peers if they have reason to believe the calls are illegal or unwanted.

The new rule, passed unanimously as a report and order, will protect providers that "block traffic from bad-actor voice service providers that, either negligently or intentionally, continue to allow unwanted calls to traverse their networks," according to the FCC.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said the agency had built in several layers of protection for companies that follow the agency's robocall-blocking...

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