FCC Shuts Down Illegal Robocaller After Repeated Warnings

From CNET: The US Federal Communications Commission has been ramping up its efforts to clamp down on illegal robocalls that have been harassing Americans. After sending several cease-and-desist letters to one offender in particular, the agency has ordered its calls be fully blocked by US phone operators.

In what the FCC claims is its first-ever "roboblocking order," the agency has cut off calls coming into the country by One Eye, a so-called gateway provider that funnels international traffic to US operators.

An investigation revealed One Eye to be a successor to a company called PZ/Illum Telecommunication, which had shut down after the FCC's Enforcement Bureau sent it a cease-and-desist order in October 2021 to stop illegal robocalls. One Eye was a "successor entity" that was served its own cease-and-desist order from the agency in February and has now been blocked from sending calls to people in the US.

"We can and will continue to shut off providers that help scammers," FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel said in a press release Thursday. "Because these junk calls are not just annoying, they are illegal, and facilitating them deserves serious consequences."

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