On April 23, the FCC and FTC hosted a joint expo aimed at stopping illegal robocalls through technological solutions. The expo showcased innovative technologies, devices, and applications that minimize or eliminate the number of illegal robocalls consumers receive. The expo was held one month after the FCC and FTC’s Joint Policy Forum on fighting illegal robocalls, and in between the Senate Commerce and House Energy & Commerce Committee hearings on the same topic. The expo featured many prominent exhibitors, including service providers such as AT&T, Comcast, T-Mobile, and Verizon, as well as third party developers offering unique solutions. Some of the exhibitors, such as First Orion Corp. and Nomorobo, also testified at the House Energy and Commerce hearing on April 27. Opening remarks were presented by FTC Chief of Staff Svetlana Gans and FCC Chief of Staff Matthew Berry, who summarized recent legislative developments and emphasized the need for collaboration between the FCC and FTC.
Russell H. Fox is a wireless communications attorney at Mintz. He guides clients through federal legislative, regulatory, and transactional matters. Russell also participates in FCC proceedings, negotiates spectrum agreements, and represents clients in spectrum auctions.
Elana R. Safner is an attorney who advises Mintz clients on public policy, regulatory issues, and disputes affecting the communications sector. Elana also handles privacy and cybersecurity matters. She has CIPP certification from the International Association of Privacy Professionals.