FCC Orders Trio of Networks to Remove Illegal Robocall Traffic or Face Shutdown

The Federal Communications Commission has warned a trio of voice service providers that they are apparently allowing the transmission of illegal robocalls on their networks and had 48 hours to block that traffic or they would face having all of the traffic blocked.

The networks — thinQ Technologies, Airespring, and Hello Hello Miami — are now part of more than a dozen voice service providers that have received cease-and-desist letters from the FCC for allegedly allowing illegal calls to be transmitted via their platforms. All the other networks have “quickly” responded and committed to taking necessary action to block the illegal calls from passing through their systems, according to the FCC.

“There are far too many phone companies that count illegal robocallers among their clients, and that’s bad business,” said FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel, in a statement. “It is illegal to allow these junk calls to flood consumers’ phones, and there are consequences for phone companies that do not take immediate action to stop participating in these schemes.”

The companies were notified by the FCC on March 22 and had 48 hours to “effectively mitigate illegal traffic.” The companies are also required to inform the FCC and the Traceback Consortium of the steps they have taken to “implement effective measures” to prevent customers from using their networks to make illegal calls within 14 days.

The notifications provided by the FCC did not indicate the volume of illegal robocall traffic that was allegedly being transmitted by the three companies. A list of all the companies that have received cease-and-desist letters can be viewed by clicking here.

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