CCMI Press & News

AI Generated Human Voices in Robocalls are Unlawful

In a Declaratory Ruling in Docket 23-362, released on February 8, 2024, the FCC unanimously found that calls made with AI-generated voices are “artificial” and therefore unlawful under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).  The ruling is effective immediately and will provide state attorneys general with a new weapon to pursue the bad actors in […]

FCC Order Would Strengthen Consumer Protection Against Robocalls

At its upcoming meeting on February 15, 2024, the FCC is expected to approve an Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Further Notice) in Docket 02-278 that would use the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to (1) strengthen the ability of consumers to reject unwanted robocalls and robotexts; (2) make it easier for […]

FCC Will Require Location-Based Wireless 911 Routing

The FCC is poised to require Commercial Mobile Radio Service (CMRS) providers to implement location-based routing for all 911 calls.  The Report and Order (Order) in Docket 18-64 is expected to be approved at the Commission’s January 25, 2024, meeting.  The agency explains its reasoning. Americans expect that every 911 call will be answered by […]

Comments Indicate Wide Industry Split on Net Neutrality

Happy New Year!  There is no question that in 2024 the telecommunications industry will be dominated by the FCC’s proposal to reinstate the Net Neutrality rules, which would prohibit the blocking, throttling and prioritization of Internet traffic.  The proposal also includes FCC control over the entire Internet with its “General Conduct” rule which would allow […]

Divided FCC Mandates New Customer Data Breech Rules

Divided FCC Mandates New Customer Data Breech Rules

On December 13, 2004, in Docket 22-21 a split FCC voted 3-2 to update and broaden its 16-year-old data breach notification rules to ensure “that providers of telecommunications, interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), and telecommunications relay services (TRS) adequately safeguard sensitive customer information.” The Report and Order (Order) was opposed by the two Republican […]

FCC Order Seeks Elimination of Illegal Robotexting

FCC Order Seeks Elimination of Illegal Robotexting

At its upcoming December 13, 2023, meeting, the FCC is expected to adopt a Second Report and Order, Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) and Waiver Order (Waiver) in Docket 02-278 as its attempts to stop the growing problem of illegal robotexting.  According to the Commission, the Order would enlist service providers in the […]

FCC Adopts Broadband Digital Discrimination Rules

In a Report and Order (Order) and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) adopted November 15, 2023, in Docket 22-69 a split FCC adopted rules to prevent and eliminate broadband digital discrimination. The Commission takes this action do to the Congressional 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act which requires it to adopt rules ensuring that […]

Mobile Providers Must Increase Accessibility to Wireless Emergency Alerts

On October 19, 2023, the FCC released a Third Report and Order (Order) in Docket 15-91, adopting rules to improve Wireless Emergency Alerts. These include making WEA messages available in more than a dozen additional languages, including American Sign Language (ASL); adding increased functionality; and providing public information on where and how WEA is available. […]

FCC Proposes to Reinstate Net Neutrality

Despite warnings that it is not needed, and that it will almost certainly be rejected by the Supreme Court, the new fully staffed FCC re-introduced Net Neutrality at its October 19, 2023, meeting.  The new Net Neutrality proposal will be subject to industry comments in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in Docket 23-320.  Comments will be due on December 14, 2023.