Today’s Regulatory Mix: FCC Seeks Traceback Information on Robocall Efforts, FCC Partners on Wireless Emergency Alerts Test
FCC Seeks Traceback Information on Robocall Efforts
The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau is asking voice service providers and the USTelecom’s Industry Traceback Group to submit information for the commission’s annual report regarding private led efforts to trace back the origin of suspected unlawful robocalls.
Pursuant to the Pallone-Thune Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act (TRACED Act) of 2019, the FCC is required to submit an annual report to Congress that includes (1) “[a] description of private-led efforts to trace back the origin of suspected unlawful robocalls by the registered consortium and the actions taken by the registered consortium to coordinate with the Commission”; (2) “[a] list of voice service providers identified by the registered consortium that participated in private-led efforts to trace back the origin of suspected unlawful robocalls through the registered consortium”; (3) “[a] list of each voice service provider that received a request from the registered consortium to participate in private led efforts to trace back the origin of suspected unlawful robocalls and refused to participate, as identified by the registered consortium”; (4) “[t]he reason, if any, each voice service provider identified by the registered consortium provided for not participating in private-led efforts to trace back the origin of suspected unlawful robocalls”; (5) “[a] description of how the Commission may use the information provided to the Commission by voice service providers or the registered consortium that have participated in private-led efforts to trace back the origin of suspected unlawful robocalls in the enforcement efforts by the Commission.” Submissions are due November 15, 2021, for the period covering July 27, 2021, through October 31, 2021.
FCC Partners on Wireless Emergency Alerts Test
The FCC is announced that it is entering into partnerships with 11 federal, state, and local agencies to assess the delivery of Wireless Emergency Alerts in areas across the country during a planned nationwide test on August 11. Additionally, the FCC sent letters to nationwide wireless providers asking them to provide information on their performance following the upcoming test. The FCC’s analysis of survey and industry data will help ensure that Wireless Emergency Alerts are as timely and reliable as possible. “Wireless Emergency Alerts are a powerful tool for public safety managers to inform and protect the public during disasters,” said Acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. “While the FCC has long required Emergency Alert System participants to report how nationwide EAS tests fared on their television and radio systems, this is the first time we will gather meaningful data about the performance of a nationwide Wireless Emergency Alert test. We are grateful for the participation of our many government partners in this unprecedented survey, which will help the FCC gain additional insights into how we can work together to continue strengthening this life-saving system.”
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