Brian Weiss

Statement on FCC Carrier Blocking Robocall Plan

Background: Today, the Federal Communications Commission announced proposed new rules for consideration at its June open meeting that would allow carriers to implement network-wide blocking of unwanted calls to their customers “by default” and to allow consumers to block calls not on their own contact list.

USTelecom leads the Industry Traceback Group, nearly 30 participants from across the wireline, wireless, VoIP and cable industries that actively traces and identifies the source of illegal robocalls and coordinates with federal and state law enforcement agencies to bring perpetrators to justice.

The following statement can be attributed to Jonathan Spalter, president and CEO of USTelecom:

“The criminals that are scamming consumers with this flood of illegal robocalls must be confronted by industry and government head-on. This is a big and bold proposal by the FCC that can bolster our industry’s cutting-edge call blocking and authentication efforts and do something important: stop unwanted calls from reaching consumers in the first place.”

More information about USTelecom’s work on fighting illegal robocalls is available HERE.


USTelecom is the national trade association representing telecommunications providers, innovators, suppliers, and manufacturers committed to connecting the world through the power of broadband.