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Telephone and Texting Compliance News — August 2023

We are pleased to present our latest edition of Telephone and Texting Compliance News, providing insights and news related to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). In this month’s newsletter, we discuss the Federal Trade Commission’s National Do Not Call (DNC) Registry fee increases for telemarketers, which take effect on October 1. We also cover a record Federal Communications Commission (Commission) fine of nearly $300 million imposed against 10 entities for robocalling and spoofing. In adopting the Forfeiture Order imposing the fine, the Commission affirmed an earlier finding that five of the robocallers made over five billion robocalls to about 550 million phone numbers in a three-month span in 2021. The calls encouraged recipients to follow prompts to speak with an auto warranty specialist. Additionally, we report on the FCC’s re-selection of a USTelecom-led industry group as its Registered Traceback Consortium, which is responsible for conducting private-led efforts to trace back the origin of suspected unlawful robocalls.

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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.
Jonathan Garvin is an attorney at Mintz who focuses on legal challenges facing companies in the communications and media industries. He advises clients on transactional, regulatory, and compliance issues before the FCC involving wireless, broadband, broadcast, and cable matters.