On February 15, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) adopted new consent revocation rules for robocalls and robotexts, which the FCC defined as calls made using an “automatic telephone dialing system” or an artificial or prerecorded voice.  Under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) and the FCC’s implementing rules, callers and texters must obtain “prior express consent” or “prior express written consent,” depending on the call/text content, from consumers to send such communications absent an applicable exemption. Continue Reading FCC Adopts New TCPA Consent Revocation Rules

On February 6, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) announced that it had sent a letter to Lingo Telecom, LLC (“Lingo”) to demand that Lingo “immediately stop supporting unlawful robocall traffic on its networks.”  As background, Lingo is a Texas-based telecommunications provider that, according to the FCC’s letter, was the originating provider for “deepfake” calls made by Life Corp. to New Hampshire voters on January 21, 2024.  The calls, which imitated President Biden’s voice and falsified caller ID information, took place two days before the New Hampshire presidential primary and reportedly advised Democratic voters to refrain from voting in the primary.  Continue Reading FCC Issues Cease-and-Desist Letter Regarding Robocalls Made Before New Hampshire Primary

On October 16, 2023, a group of Wisconsin state senators introduced S.B. 531, which would amend the state’s telephone solicitation statute to create new restrictions on “caller identification records,” which the bill defines in relevant part as “a record that is delivered electronically to the recipient of a telephone call or text message . . . that indicates the telephone number from which the telephone call or text message was initiated or similar information . . .”

If enacted, the bill would prohibit a person from “knowingly transmit[ing] a misleading or inaccurate caller identification record through a telephone call or text message with the intent to defraud or wrongfully obtain anything of value, including personally identifiable information.” Continue Reading Anti-Spoofing Caller ID Bill Introduced in Wisconsin

Yesterday, FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced that she will be circulating for consideration to her fellow commissioners a proposed Notice of Inquiry (“NOI”) that will seek to develop a public record on how artificial intelligence capabilities may be affecting the proliferation of illegal robocalls and texts, and what tools may be available to address this challenge.  The FCC’s commissioners are expected to consider whether to adopt this NOI at the agency’s next open meeting on November 15, 2023.Continue Reading FCC to Consider Inquiry into AI’s Effects on Illegal Robocalls and Texts

The Federal Communications Commission and National Science Foundation announced this week that they will co-host a workshop on July 13, 2023, entitled “The Opportunities and Challenges of Artificial Intelligence for Communications Networks and Consumers.”

Per the press release, the workshop will cover a number of issues, including “AI’s transformative potential to optimize network traffic; improve