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FCC proposes largest TCPA robocall fine

Federal Issues FCC TCPA Enforcement Robocalls

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On August 24, the FCC released a proposed total fine of more than $5.1 million against two consultants and their firm for allegedly violating the TCPA by making 1,141 unlawful robocalls to wireless phones without prior express consent. According to the FCC, the robocalls utilized messages informing “potential voters that, if they vote by mail, their ‘personal information will be part of a public database that will be used by police departments to track down old warrants and be used by credit card companies to collect outstanding debts.’” As previously covered by InfoBytes, the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act amended the TCPA to not require the FCC to warn robocallers before violations could be counted toward a proposed fine. The recent action is the first the agency has taken regarding the amendment. According to a statement by the FCC acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel, the agency is “stepping up its efforts to combat illegal robocalls.”

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