After reading this background, please help fight robocalls and sign the petition below.
- Bad news: In June, U.S. homes were hit with a record number of robocalls: 4.1 billion, according to the call-blocking software firm YouMail. That’s about 13 per person!
- Bad news: In March, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit threw out part of a Federal Communications Commission regulation aimed at reducing robocalls, saying the language was too broad. (Note: Even though consumer advocates said this could lead to more robocalls, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai supported the ruling.)
- No question, there are good robocalls—like public service/emergency messages. But too many of these autodialed calls are annoying telemarketing pitches or scams. In fact, Consumer Reports says robo-fraudsters cost people an estimated $350 million in 2011 alone.
The FCC has been asking for public opinion about robocall protections. Scam artists are targeting our phones! Please sign our FCC petition below.
Dear FCC Chairman Ajit Pai:
As an Illinois consumer sick of harassing telemarketing scams, I urge you to beef up consumer protections against robocall scams:
- Make it crystal clear that people ALWAYS have the right to revoke consent, regardless of contractual clauses included in agreements with businesses.
- Establish solid protections against unwanted calls and texts to "reassigned numbers." Those are robocalls/robotexts to wrong numbers because the previous owner of the phone number, not the current owner, provided consent.
- Establish a comprehensive definition of the term "autodialer." Cover all callers using autodialers, not just businesses using artificial-voice or prerecorded messages.