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The Telecom Digest for Tue, 13 Nov 2018
Volume 37 : Issue 261 : "text" format

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FCC Pretends To Hold Carrier Feet To The Fire On Robocalls Bill Horne
Re: Robocall relief: New $100 million system may help frustrated consumersPete Cresswell
Re: Phone companies slammed for lousy robocall efforts HAncock4
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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <20181112174340.GA29935@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2018 12:43:40 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: FCC Pretends To Hold Carrier Feet To The Fire On Robocalls from the annoy-me-during-dinner dept by Karl Bode Despite numerous government initiatives and countless promises from the telecom sector, our national robocall hell continues. Robocalls from telemarketers and scammers continue to be the subject the FCC receives the most complaints about, and recent data from the Robocall Index indicates that the problem is only getting worse. Consumers are routinely hammered by mortgage interest rate scams, credit card scams, student loan scams, business loan scams, and IRS scams. In September, group data showed that roughly 4.4 billion robocalls were placed to consumers at a rate of 147 million per day. https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20181106/08194240988/fcc-pretends-to-hold-carrier-feet-to-fire-robocalls.shtml -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <im1huddsvcnl8dr7djv8bd09p4pllh6ioi@4ax.com> Date: 11 Nov 2018 14:47:31 -0500 From: "Pete Cresswell" <PeteCress@invalid.telecom-digest.org> Subject: Re: Robocall relief: New $100 million system may help frustrated consumers Per Arnie Goetchius: >I think Verizon FIOS has already started this. For example, occasionly >I get a one ring and the Callerid will show SPAM? WESTFIELD or >something starting with SPAM?. I still use nomorobo.com to get most of >them. Same here w/FIOS - and there are quite a few of them. What I am seeing last couple of months is a large increase in spoofing numbers on the same exchange. I dutifully feed them to NoMoRobo's web page, but have to wonder if they are spoofing on a call-by-call basis and maybe reporting is futile. Anybody have any insights on this? -- Pete Cresswell ------------------------------ Message-ID: <68094738-bc23-4794-a761-fd2373ccdff7@googlegroups.com> Date: 10 Nov 2018 13:31:01 -0800 From: HAncock4 <withheld@invalid.telecom-digest.org> Subject: Re: Phone companies slammed for lousy robocall efforts On Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 9:50:17 PM UTC-5, Bill Horne wrote: > Federal Communications Chairman (FCC) Ajit Pai wrote to telephone > service providers on Monday, slamming them for their lousy efforts on > blocking robocalls and saying that a year from now, he expects that we > can all get back to actually answering our phones without finding > we've been tricked by illegally spoofed caller IDs. > > https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2018/11/08/phone-companies-slammed-for-lousy-robocall-efforts/ In my opinion, we are in the 21st century and it ought to be very easy for the telecom carriers to do proper validation of all calls. They just don't want to be bothered and have to spend any money or cut into their revenues. Note that the carriers strongly discourage consumers from using the *57 Call Trace option. Personally, I receive multiple spoofed calls EVERY DAY. They are obviously frauds promoting scams, such as credit card or electricity choice. They may originate from foreign sources. If the present Administration is so concerned about "border security", it ought to be looking at electronic border invasion. ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Tue, 13 Nov 2018

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