The Federal Communications Commission is getting tough on telemarketers. “The top U.S. telecommunications regulator wants to make it harder for telemarketers and other businesses to place unwanted robocalls and text messages under changes to autodialing rules proposed on Wednesday,” Reuters reports.
The panel will vote on the plan June 18. The proposal “would give legal cover to telephone companies to offer consumers technologies that would block robocalls, regardless of where they originate,” the story reports.
In a blog post, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said: “The FCC wants to make it clear: Telephone companies can — and in fact should — offer consumers robocall-blocking tools.”
Reuters adds: “The wireless carriers have worried that blocking automated calls could be construed as violations of the law that requires them to ensure that all calls placed over their networks reach their intended recipients.”