Quantcast

Senator challenges telecom leaders to ‘be part of the solution' - KOAM TV 7

Senator challenges telecom leaders to ‘be part of the solution' to put an end to robocall scams

Updated:

NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE OFFICE OF U.S. SENATOR CLAIRE MCCASKILL (MISSOURI):

McCaskill GivesTelecom Industry Deadline to Examine Technologies to Combat Robocalls
Senatorchallenges telecom leaders to ‘be part of the solution' to put an end torobocall scams

WASHINGTON – Following aSenate hearing last month, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is continuing hereffort to protect consumers from fraudulent robocalls, sending a letter to toptelecom associations asking them to evaluate the feasibility of implementingtechnology to help filter out unwanted calls and protect America's most vulnerable consumers.

"The representatives of your industries expressedskepticism regarding these technologies, raising a number of potential legal,regulatory, financial, and technological challenges," McCaskill wrote. "ByOctober 15, 2013, please provide me with a complete analysis of the challengesyour industry foresees in implementing these types of technological solutions."

McCaskill also asked the industry to comment on suggestedchanges to laws that would better equip federal regulators to crack down onrobocall scams.

McCaskill, a tech leader in the Senate and Chairman ofthe Consumer Protection Subcommittee, recentlychaired a Senate hearing to examine how fraudulent robocalls areharming consumers, and called on U.S. telephone providers to exploreimplementing technological solutions to reduce robocalls received by Americanconsumers. As McCaskill highlighted at the hearing, such technologies arealready being developed and at least one phone company in Canada already offerssuch a service free to its customers.

Although the popular Do Not Call Registry was establishedten years ago, robocalls still rank as a top consumer complaint received bygovernment agencies, comprising the largest volume of complaints to theMissouri Attorney General's office, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and theFederal Communications Commission (FCC). The FTC alone receives over 200,000complaints about robocalls per month, constituting the single largest type ofcomplaint in terms of raw numbers. The FCC, meanwhile, has seen complaintsabout robocalls double between 2010 and 2012.

TheJustice Department has estimated that consumers lose over $40 billion a year tofraudulent telemarketers.

McCaskill recently launched anonline tool that allows individuals to report scams and fraud they encounter inadvertising and sales. The"Submit Your Scam" button at www.McCaskill.senate.govallows constituents to submit personal stories and tips to help McCaskill crack down on scams and protect consumers.

Acopy of McCaskill's letter to the United States Telecom Association andCTIA-The Wireless Association, representing wireline and wireless telephoneservices providers respectively, can be found on her website, HERE.

# # #

  • NewsMore>>

  • Suspect in Galena Arson Pleads Guilty

    Suspect in Galena Arson Pleads Guilty

    Monday, October 15 2018 8:05 PM EDT2018-10-16 00:05:44 GMT
    A Galena, Kansas man pleads guilty to two arsons from the spring and summer. Ronny Ray Piercefield admits that he set a grass fire on North Jefferson Street in Galena in March. That fire eventually engulfed a small structure. Piercefield also pleaded guilty to setting a fire that engulfed 68 bales of hay in rural Cherokee County, Kansas in July of 2018. Piercefield is to be sentenced in December of 2018.  Authorities have been investigating a string of fires that happened in ...More >>
    A Galena, Kansas man pleads guilty to two arsons from the spring and summer. Ronny Ray Piercefield admits that he set a grass fire on North Jefferson Street in Galena in March. That fire eventually engulfed a small structure. Piercefield also pleaded guilty to setting a fire that engulfed 68 bales of hay in rural Cherokee County, Kansas in July of 2018. Piercefield is to be sentenced in December of 2018.  Authorities have been investigating a string of fires that happened in ...More >>
  • Police Release More Information Regarding Pittsburg Shooting

    Monday, October 15 2018 6:07 PM EDT2018-10-15 22:07:44 GMT
    The Pittsburg Police Department is searching for a suspect in a weekend shooting. Police say Eric James Cravey is wanted in the Saturday shooting that injured Vanessa Rae McWhirt-Martin of Chetopa, KS. Authorities say McWhirt was a passenger in a black "Dodge Nitro" driven by Cravey. They say witnesses say she got out of the SUV during an argument with Cravey and was shot with a handgun.  McWhirt was taken to the hospital for emergency surgery. At last repo...More >>
    The Pittsburg Police Department is searching for a suspect in a weekend shooting. Police say Eric James Cravey is wanted in the Saturday shooting that injured Vanessa Rae McWhirt-Martin of Chetopa, KS. Authorities say McWhirt was a passenger in a black "Dodge Nitro" driven by Cravey. They say witnesses say she got out of the SUV during an argument with Cravey and was shot with a handgun.  McWhirt was taken to the hospital for emergency surgery. At last repo...More >>
  • Pittsburg Police Identify Shooting Victim

    Sunday, October 14 2018 2:43 PM EDT2018-10-14 18:43:35 GMT

    Police identified the victim in a  shooting Saturday afternoon in Pittsburg  as 37 year old Vanessa Rae McWhirt-Martin of Chetopa, Kansas. 

    More >>

    Police identified the victim in a  shooting Saturday afternoon in Pittsburg  as 37 year old Vanessa Rae McWhirt-Martin of Chetopa, Kansas. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by Frankly, Inc. All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.