AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile are lobbying to delay a new regulation on robocalls aimed at overseas scammers who make them, citing concerns that the rule could end up blocking legitimate calls
The FCC measure to stop foreign scammers could block legitimate overseas calls, phone companies say.
May 9, 2021 5:30 am ETWASHINGTON—The nation’s largest wireless carriers are lobbying to delay a new regulation on robocalls aimed at overseas scammers who make them, citing concerns that the rule could end up blocking legitimate calls.The Federal Communications Commission rule, set to take effect Sept. 28, would require foreign-based phone companies to step up efforts to fight illegal robocalls or risk being blocked from sending calls to the U.S.
Many of the billions of robocalls annoying Americans emanate from India, the Philippines and other countries. FCC officials say the regulation, known as the foreign provider prohibition, would allow them to better trace the sources of illegal calls and block companies that carry them.
The nation’s largest telecoms— AT&T Inc. , Verizon Communications Inc. and T-Mobile US Inc. —say they support measures aimed at stemming illegal robocalls, but that the foreign-provider prohibition as written could have unintended negative consequences. headtopics.com
They say foreign-based phone companies aren’t prepared for the rule, which could lead to legitimate calls being blocked because U.S. carriers aren’t allowed to accept calls from companies that aren’t in compliance. Read more: The Wall Street Journal »
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