Last month, a petition was sent to the Federal Communications Commission to exempt ringless robocalls from the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Leaving many dreading the possible flooding of voicemails from telemarketers on their mobile phones, everyone can now breathe easy, since the petition was dropped on Wednesday.
Initially executed by All About the Message LLC with the support of the Republican National Committee, if the petition were approved, it would have allowed robocalls to be sent straight to a consumer’s voicemail without ever ringing.
Last week, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) advised the FCC not to allow telemarketers to leave ringless voicemails. Schumer introduced the ROBOCOP Act last June, which influenced the FCC’s fight against robocalls.
“With billions of robocalls made to cellphones each year, the feds should be doing more to rein in annoying telemarketers, not throw gas on the problem and add fuel to cellphone spam,” said Schumer.
Schumer also wrote a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, claiming that voicemails may be quieter than traditional cellphone spam, but they are no less intrusive or annoying to consumers.
With a number of states and their representatives opposing the proposal to allow ringless robocalls to consumers, this is a “victory” for consumers, said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. We now can rest easy that the petition has been withdrawn.