Today’s Regulatory Mix: FCC Commissioner Carr Visits Mississippi, FCT Acts Against a Second VoIP Service Provider for Facilitating Illegal Telemarketing Robocalls

FCC Commissioner Brendan CarrFCC Commissioner Carr Visits Mississippi 

FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr was in Mississippi recently for a series of events focusing on workforce development and infrastructure build-out, telehealth and classroom connectivity.  Carr was joined by Chairman of the Mississippi Public Utilities Commission, Dane Maxwell, according to a statement released by the FCC. 


FTC shutterstock_399778786FTC Acts Against a Second VoIP Service Provider for Facilitating Illegal Telemarketing Robocalls 

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it has proposed a settlement against Alcazar Networks, Inc. (Company), a Voice over Internet Service Provider, and its owner. The FTC charges that the Company facilitated tens of millions of illegal telemarketing phone calls, including some calls from overseas and some that displayed spoofed caller ID numbers.  The proposed settlement bars the defendants from similar misconduct in the future, imposes a monetary penalty, and requires them to screen and monitor their customers. This is the FTC’s second case against a VoIP service provider. 

“These defendants acted as a gatekeeper, introducing tens of millions of illegal calls into the U.S.—including robocalls and other calls that impersonated 911 emergency numbers or the government,” said Andrew Smith, Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection. “The FTC and our law enforcement partners will not tolerate VoIP providers and other companies that assist and facilitate illegal robocallers and scammers.” 


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