COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (SCDCA) submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in support of their latest proposed rule targeting unlawful robocalls. If approved, the rule would shorten the time small service providers have to implement tools to prevent spoofing and block robocalls.

Large telephone providers had until Jun 30, 2021 to implement robocall technology to block illegal robocalls before they reach the consumer. The request to block the call can either be made by the subscriber of a number to combat spoofing or by the provider after determining the telephone number is invalid, unallocated or unassigned. “Spoofing” occurs when a scammer alters the caller ID to trick the consumer into thinking the call is from a particular person, organization or place. Small service providers, however, were given an…

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