International Institute of Communications

Shaping the policy agenda: TELECOMMUNICATIONS • MEDIA • TECHNOLOGY
Tel:+44 (0)20 8544 8076
Fax:+44 (0)20 8544 8077

social twitter sm  social linkedin sm  social youtube sm  social facebook sm

US court rolls back robocall rules

A US federal appeals court has rolled back rules intended to deter irritating telemarketing robocalls, saying they were too broad, notes the Washington Post. “The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said that 2015 regulations from the Federal Communications Commission could wrongly classify every smartphone as an autodialling device subject to anti-robocall fines. Those 2015 rules attempted to graft modern definitions onto a 1991 law that predated the iPhone by more than 15 years. The court also struck down rules that could levy fines on telemarketers who repeatedly call phone numbers reassigned to people who have opted out of such calls.” FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said in a tweet that the ruling was “not good”. In a statement, she said, “Robocalls will continue to increase unless the FCC does something about it.” The court said the FCC’s Obama-era rules were “unreasonably expansive” and could have swept up just about anyone. Its ruling offered the example of someone organising a get-together and texting 10 people without obtaining their prior consent, which under the rules could subject her to a potential fine of $500 per person. While it agreed smartphones could be used as autodiallers by installing an app, the court said the FCC’s rules did not make a clear enough distinction between phones that had downloaded such software and those that hadn’t. Read more

  • Thursday, 22 March 2018

Stay up to date with the IIC

Tell us how you'd like to stay informed about events, interviews and more from the IIC. 

My IIC Preferences