July 27, 2020
Background: today, the Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau designated the USTelecom-led Industry Traceback Group as the Official Consortium for coordinating industry-led efforts to trace back the origin of suspected unlawful robocalls.
The following statement can be attributed to USTelecom president and CEO Jonathan Spalter:
“The message this sends to would be robocall scammers is loud and clear: we’ve got your number. Today’s FCC announcement is an important recognition of our technology, our commitment and our success fighting the scammers and spoofers who pollute our shared communications networks with these illegal robocalls. Our team of providers across the wireline, wireless, VoIP and cable industries are focused on tracing the source of illegal robocalls around the world and coordinating with federal and state enforcement agencies to bring criminals to justice. We’ve already shut down scams preying on vulnerable consumers during the pandemic. As the FCC’s registered traceback consortium, we intend to continue our laser-like scrutiny not just on robocall scammers, but the under the radar providers who let junk calls onto the network in the first place. We’re tracing back more calls every single day and ready to expand this work for consumers.”