New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman along with the attorneys general from Kentucky and Massachusetts are urging the Federal Communications Commission to crackdown on robocall messages.
In a joint comment letter, the attorneys general oppose a petition requesting ringless robocalls be exempt from consumer protections under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
The petition – filed by All About the Message – seeks an exemption for ringless robocalls that deliver voicemails to consumers without causing their phones to ring, arguing that they should not be considered “calls.”
The attorneys general say that this exemption would allow people to receive even more harassing messages.
“New Yorkers are already the victims of countless unwanted phone solicitations,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “The federal government has a basic responsibility to protect American consumers. That certainly doesn’t mean making it even easier for companies to spam them with costly, unsolicited, ringless robocalls.”