FCC’s Blocking of Unwanted Robocalls: Exploring Implications to the Year Ahead
For the past years, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been fighting the scourge of illegal and spoofed robocalls. Earlier this year, the commission proposed a decision that will allow phone companies and carriers to aggressively block unwanted robocalls before they reach consumers. The decision also allows consumers to prohibit calls from any number that is not found in their contact list. With the proposed and implemented impactful policy initiatives, and strong enforcement actions, the FCC took a bold stand in protecting and empowering consumers.
However, as far as this new blocking technology potentially benefits consumers, the current decision does not prevent carriers from charging consumers for this blocking technology to stop robocalls. Moreover, even if this decision is upheld, there are still multiple issues to be considered.
In this LIVE Webcast, a seasoned panel of thought leaders and professionals brought together by The Knowledge Group will provide and present to the audience an in-depth analysis of the fundamentals as well as recent developments in FCC’s Blocking of Unwanted Robocalls. Speakers will also present all the important issues surrounding this significant topic including issues, potential risks, and significant implications for the year ahead.
Key topics include:
- FCC’s Proposed Decision in Dealing With Robocalls – An Overview
- Implications of FCC’s Blocking of Unwanted Robocalls
- Benefits and Drawbacks to Consumers
- Issues and Potential Risks
Robert J. Gastner, Member
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC
Elizabeth Milsark, Manager
- Definition of Robocalls, Do Not Call List and Call Spoofing
- TCPA-Based Litigation
- Background on existing use of analytics and data in telemarketing compliance and litigation
- Summary of complexities in compliance
- Challenges in backward-looking litigation
- Current FCC issues and enforcement
- FCC’s three proposed call blocking methods (opt-in whitelist program, blocking based on SHAKEN/STIR certificates, blocking based on “reasonable analytics”)
- Discussion of types of analytics proposed by FCC and how carriers may implement in practice
- Call data driven analytics
- Phone number related analytics
- Compliance analytics
- Impact of potential analytical methodologies on legal calls, compliance, and litigation risk
Who Should Attend:
- Telecommunication Companies
- Telemarketing Companies
- Media and Telecommunication Attorneys
- In-House Counsel
- Marketing Executives
- Private Companies
Robert Gastner is a Member (partner) in the Washington, DC office of the national law firm of Eckert Seamans. He assists telecommunications, energy, and technology companies with regulatory compliance and transactional matters. Rob’s clients include IP telephony service providers, local exchange carriers, interexchange carriers, Internet access providers, competitive energy suppliers, and electric utilities. He counsels clients on a broad range of issues, including rulemakings and other proceedings before the Federal Communications Commission, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and various state public utility commissions. Rob also assists clients with a wide variety of commercial litigation issues before both federal and state courts. Rob’s involvement in the telecommunications and information technology industries spans more than 15 years, dating backing to his work as a software engineer for one of the largest mobile network operators in the U.S.
Robert Gastner is a Member (partner) in the Washington, DC office of the national law firm of Eckert Seamans. He …
Ms. Milsark specializes in survey research and quantitative analyses in litigation, including data security and privacy matters, false advertising, and intellectual property. She has conducted qualitative and quantitative analyses in support of academic experts and provided consulting support to attorneys in matters across a variety of industries, including telecommunications, media, and entertainment. Ms. Milsark’s recent experience includes managing several class action litigations involving violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Her work has included evaluating violation claims, addressing class certification issues such as ascertainability and injury, and supporting experts assessing whether dialer systems constitute Automatic Telephone Dialing Systems (ATDS).
Ms. Milsark specializes in survey research and quantitative analyses in litigation, including data security and privacy matters, false advertising, and …
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