FCC Announces Formation of Hospital Robocall Group

As required under the TRACED Act, the Federal Communications Commission has launched the formation of a Hospital Robocall Protection Group, detailed who is part of the group, and announced its first meeting, to be held virtually later this month.

The objective of the group is to develop best practices on how phone companies can prevent unlawful robocalls to hospitals, how hospitals can better protect themselves from such calls, and what federal and state governments can do to help, according to a press release from the FCC.

“Robocalls can interfere with the critical life-saving work of hospitals and healthcare facilities and their dedicated front-line staff,” said Chairman Ajit Pai, in a statement. “I am exceedingly grateful to this devoted group of Americans who are committing their time, knowledge, and efforts to the Hospital Robocall Protection Group to help safeguard our nation’s critical healthcare system, especially during this unprecedented pandemic. I look forward to working with them and hearing their insights into this significant problem.”

The members of the committee are:

  • Chair: Dave Summitt, Chief Information Security Officer, Moffitt Cancer Center
  • Vice Chair: Patrick Halley, Senior Vice President, Policy & Advocacy, US Telecom – The Broadband Association
  • Voice Service Providers that Serve Hospitals:
    • John Cunningham, Director of Fraud Management, CenturyLink
    • Joseph DeLotto, VP of Voice and Unified Communications Products, Charter Communications
    • Linda Vandeloop, Assistant Vice President, Federal Regulatory, AT&T
  • Companies that Focus on Mitigating Unlawful Robocalls:
    • Mark Collier, Chief Technology Officer, SecureLogix
    • Aaron Foss, Founder and CEO, Nomorobo
    • Patrick Halley, Senior Vice President, Policy & Advocacy, US Telecom – The Broadband Association
  • Consumer Advocacy Organizations:
    • John Breyault, Vice President, Public Policy, Telecommunications and Fraud, National Consumers League
    • Dawit Kahsai, Senior Legislative Representative, AARP
    • Irene Leech, Vice-President, Consumer Federation of America
  • Providers of one-way voice over internet protocol services:
    • Gunnar Halley, Assistant General Counsel CELA-Privacy & Regulatory Affairs, Microsoft Corp.
    • Rebekah Johnson, Founder & CEO, Numeracle
    • Chris Shipley, Attorney & Policy Advisor, INCOMPAS
  • Hospitals:
    • Richard Lovich, Managing Partner, Stephenson, Acquisto & Colman, and National Counsel to the American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM)
    • John Riggi, Senior Advisor for Cybersecurity and Risk, American Hospital Association
    • Dave Summitt, Chief Information Security Officer, Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
  • State Government Officials Focused on Combating Unlawful Robocalls:
    • Creecy Johnson, Special Deputy Attorney General, North Carolina Attorney General’s Office
    • David McCoy, Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Arkansas Attorney General
    • Wisam Naoum, Assistant Attorney General, Michigan Department of Attorney General
  • FCC Representative:
    • Commissioner Brendan Carr
  • FTC Representative:
    • Commissioner Noah Phillips

The group will have its first meeting on July 27 at 10am ET, which will be held virtually and open to the public by going to http://www.fcc.gov/live. For its first meeting, the group plans to spend time introducing its members, working groups and leadership, review the TRACED Act’s mandates and mission, review the procedural requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, and receive briefings on relevant FCC programs and policies.

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