New FCC Enforcement Powers Follow Passage Of Anti-Spoofing Law [telecom]

Article by Alan L. Friel, Linda Goldstein, Amy Ralph Mudge and Randal M. Shaheen

The RAY BAUMS Act extends an important provision of the Truth in Caller ID Act of 2009. That act forbade the transmission of misleading or inaccurate caller ID information "with the intent to defraud, cause harm or wrongly obtain anything of value" - the practice known as "spoofing." The RAY BAUMS Act extends the same prohibition to text messages and international calls, a new initiative that the FCC has taken on in the hope of reducing instances of illegal spoofing.

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Bill Horne
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Not a bad idea, but the question is whether the FCC will actually do anything substantive about this problem.

In many telecom fraud cases, the government goes after one or two high profile abusers and makes a big deal about it. However, there are many other abusers who go on unaffected and the problem continues. The abusers know the odds of their getting caught and punished are low.

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