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    • I hate robocalls and so does almost everyone else.

      "With more than 100 million calls placed every day, robocalling might well be the most ubiquitous, most hated, and least punished crime in the country."

      "By the end of this year, according to First Orion, a maker of caller ID and call-blocking software, nearly half of all telephone traffic in the US will be spam calls."

      "Today, a single person in a modestly equipped office can make millions of calls a day by renting some server space, installing off-the-shelf autodialing software, and paying a VoIP provider to transmit calls. Some of the software is open source, and VoIP carriers often advertise a month of free service as a way to entice potential customers. Software companies offer everything you need in one package—a robocall starter kit, available for anyone to buy."

      "Best of all, it’s cheap: VoIP services cost three-fifths of a penny per minute, and that’s only if the call is answered."

      Most of us have no way to fight back.

      But someone really did and continues to do so. Fred Garvin deserves recognition and appreciation.

    • I read that article yesterday and I agree. Robocalls are a bane - no one looks forward to answering a phone anymore.

      There was a great editorial in the WSJournal yesterday, that suggested a federal tax of 1 or 2 cents on EVERY phone call made in the US. That would cost the Robocallers between 500 milllion and 1 Billion dollars a year and they would promptly be out of business.

      I, for one, would happily pay an extra one or two cents for each call I make to stop all the Robocalls - anyone else agree??

    • Truly a stain on the free market of ideas. The title to the following says quite a bit about why the problem is not being addressed.

      FCC “fined” robocallers $208 million since 2015 but collected only $6,790
      https://www.google.com/amp/s/arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/03/fcc-fined-robocallers-208-million-since-2015-but-collected-only-6790/%3famp=1

    • why exactly does the FCC not collect judically awarded fines? 

      Robert Reich explains it briefly: “Another technique used by moneyed interests to squelch a law they dislike is to ensure Congress does not appropriate enough funds to enforce it.“

      And in more detail with examples here:

      Once you read that article, which is from his book, a lot of things start to make more sense. For me at least.

    • If lack of funds to enforce the law is an issue, then the suggestion of a 1 or 2 cent charge for each and every phone call makes sense - can that be created by the FCC itself, or does Congress control every fee that the FCC levees?

      The Robocall industry cannot afford one or two cents fee per call ( 500 million to a billion bucks ), but each of us who owns and uses a landline can afford one or two cents. And the fees fall into Uncles lap directly, not via a court awarded levee. Just a thought.

      I think even the left and the right can agree that they uniformly hate robocalls.

    • how do I erase/remove an emoji I clicked on inadvertently? 

      The emoji should have a blue tinge to it, indicating it’s yours. Click on the emoji once and it should disappear: if others selected that emoji, you should see the count reduced by one and the blue tinge will disappear.

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    • FCC “fined” robocallers $208 million since 2015 but collected only $6,790

      Sorry I didn't include the proper link. Here it is. And here is a short sentence from the article on why. " The Federal Communications Commission has issued $208.4 million in fines against robocallers since 2015, but the commission has collected only $6,790 of that amount. That's because the FCC lacks authority to enforce the penalties, according to an investigation by The Wall Street Journal."

    • Sorry I didn't include the proper link. Here it is. And here is a short sentence from the article on why. " The Federal Communications Commission has issued $208.4 million in fines against robocallers since 2015, but the commission has collected only $6,790 of that amount. That's because the FCC lacks authority to enforce the penalties, according to an investigation by The Wall Street Journal."

      https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/03/fcc-fined-robocallers-208-million-since-2015-but-collected-only-6790/

    • Isn't this also an argument about Pai's FCC overturning net neutrality by throwing oversight over to the FTC who are not equipped to handle overreach by the ISPs. I guess the FTC is understaffed as well as not legally authorized to penalize ISPs outside of direct consumer issues. For instance I don't believe the FTC could do anything about an ISP throttling service in favor of an edge provider.