FCC's Robocall Plan To Benefit From Rare Bipartisanship

By Jenna Ebersole (March 7, 2017, 9:47 PM EST) -- Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai's planned proposal to expand the tools for combating illegal robocalls builds from a President Barack Obama-era initiative, and experts say it's expected to gain rare agreement across party lines and between government and industry.

Pai, who floated the plan for consideration at this month's FCC meeting, said in a blog post that the proposal would allow carriers to block calls that claim to be from unassigned or invalid phone numbers. So-called spoofing, used to disguise a caller's identity, is one of the issues singled out by an industry strike force assembled after the FCC last...

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