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FCC's Enforcement Bureau Requests Information on The Status of Private-Led Traceback Efforts of Suspected Unlawful Robocalls

Section 13(c) of the Pallone-Thune TRACED ACT required the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Enforcement Bureau (Bureau), not later than 210 days after date of enactment (i.e., by July 27, 2020) and “annually thereafter to issue a notice seeking comment on private-led efforts to trace back the source of suspected unlawful robocalls, and not later than one year after that date and annually thereafter to issue a report on the status of such private-led efforts.”

On July 20, 2021, the Bureau released a Public Notice

(https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-21-864A1.pdf ) that “requests voice service providers and the registered consortium, USTelecom’s Industry Traceback Group (Traceback Group), to submit any information necessary for the Commission’s annual report on the state of private led efforts to trace back the origin of suspected unlawful robocalls.”

Each annual report must contain at least the following information

“1. A description of private-led efforts to trace back the origin of suspected unlawful robocalls by the registered consortium and the actions taken by the registered consortium to coordinate with the Commission.

2. A list of voice service providers identified by the registered consortium that participated in private-led efforts to trace back the origin of suspected unlawful robocalls through the registered consortium.

3. A list of each voice service provider that received a request from the registered consortium to participate in private led efforts to trace back the origin of suspected unlawful robocalls and refused to participate, as identified by the registered consortium.

4. The reason, if any, each voice service provider identified by the registered consortium provided for not participating in private-led efforts to trace back the origin of suspected unlawful robocalls.

5. A description of how the Commission may use the information provided to the Commission by voice service providers or the registered consortium that have participated in private-led efforts to trace back the origin of suspected unlawful robocalls in the enforcement efforts by the Commission.”

The reporting period for the Bureau’s request for information is from July 27, 2021 to October 31, 2021. Submissions are due by November 15, 2021.

© Copyright 2021 Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLPNational Law Review, Volume XI, Number 204
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Paul Besozzi Telecommunications Attorney Squire Patton Boggs Washington DC
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Paul Besozzi concentrates his practice in the wireless, broadband and emerging technology areas. His extensive experience of more than 30 years in the telecommunications field includes regulatory, transactional, legislative and litigation matters for clients ranging from wireless service and infrastructure providers to resellers of long-distance service, including cellular, personal communications services, specialized mobile radio, point-to-point microwave, advanced wireless services and other emerging wireless technologies.

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