Summary of “Why robocalls have taken over your phone”

The Portland area realtor was getting bombarded with spam texts and calls, as many as 10 a day, despite having his number on the Do Not Call Registry.
Hughson, who studied law but never practiced, has filed dozens of lawsuits under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, a law that lets consumers take callers to court if they’re called while on the Do Not Call Registry.
There’s no immediate financial hurdle preventing a company from running a system, and if even a tiny percentage of people called respond positively to the caller’s message, it was likely worth it.
Barlow points to more than 100 lawsuits the agency has brought against callers, and he notes that the agency has also promoted products like apps that consumers can use to block calls.
Still, for many, the calls continue: the Do Not Call Registry was meant to preemptively stop calls, but if marketers are already breaking the rules, it’s unlikely the list will stop them.
According to the agency, the marketer used spoofing technology to fake caller IDs, then made more than 21 million calls to sell health insurance.
Under Pai’s leadership, the agency has also touted the passage of rules that allow carriers to block calls from phone numbers that are likely fraudulent, either because the number isn’t used for outgoing calls or it shouldn’t be able to make outgoing calls.
In the past year, federal court decisions have questioned exactly which systems the definition applies to, and the FCC has been seeking comment on what a new definition should look like – opening the door for a system that’s substantially more beneficial to callers, who have been pushing for a more marginal definition that could allow them more leeway to make calls.

The orginal article.