The degradation involves almost 100 cases, five of which are criminal enforcement actions. They were brought by the FTC, the Ministry of Justice, 15 states and a number of local authorities.
It marks the latest efforts of regulators to combat the tide of unwanted and illegal conversations from telemarketers and scammers.
Some of those who were targeted by the action were a great source of robotics. Derek Jason Bartoli, a Florida man who allegedly developed, sold and used some kind of software that allowed millions of calls to be put in rapid succession, was responsible for 57 million calls to US phone numbers over six months in 2017, according to a federal complaint.
"By putting people like Derek Bartoli out of business, we can deprive the robotic halls of the important tools of his trade," said Andrew Smith, director of the FTC Consumer Agency, on a press conference Tuesday
. , Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia. Legislators in both chambers of Congress are preparing legislation that will widen the government's power to restrict illegal robokals. On Tuesday, a sub-commission is expected to consider the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act. The bill directs the Federal Communications Commission to highlight its rules that allow robocalls to be made only to consumers with their consent.
In the Senate, the TRACED Law will extend the FCC's power to punish illegal robo callers by increasing the maximum fines that the agency can charge for each robo call and by extending the law of limitations to three years from one.
Robocalls have become a major concern for politicians as Americans have increasingly been exposed to unwelcome cell phone interruptions and, in the worst case, scams.
The Americans received 25.3 billion Robocols in the first half, an increase of 1
28% compared to the same time last year, according to Robocoal analysis company Hiya, who announced a forthcoming report to CNN on Tuesday. Although not all robokals are illegal – many schools, pharmacies, banks and other institutions rely on them to reach customers – the attack has threatened some Americans from answering phone calls altogether, Hiya said.
The telecommunications industry recently received FCC approval to start blocking robocalls by default, using technology that can shield unwanted calls, like spam filters, sending junk mail to a separate folder.
Smith says that the flow of robocalls must involve a combination of new technology, proprietary behavior – hanging on robocalls, turning on call blocking through wireless operators, and reporting of robocals to the FTC.
"We use these complaints to drive our law enforcement actions," Smith said.