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FCC, Canadian Regulator Sign Robocall Agreement

November 22, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau and the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission are coming after unlawful automated telephone calls. The two agencies signed a Memorandum of Understanding last week that will have them working cooperatively to combat telemarketing campaigns that use caller ID spoofing.

Under the agreement, the two agencies agree to cooperate on enforcement matters related to unlawful robocalls and caller ID spoofing. These agencies have all committed to exchange information about investigations and complaints, share knowledge and expertise, provide information about legal theories and economic analysis, keep each other abreast of significant legal developments, and provide other appropriate assistance.

“Robocall scams are as much of a menace to American consumers as they are to Canadians,” said Enforcement Bureau Chief Travis LeBlanc. “We know that a lot of these calls originate outside the United States. It is imperative that we work with other counterparts around the globe to quickly identify the origin of these calls and to shut them down at their source.”

The agreement follows a similar Memorandum of Understanding the Enforcement Bureau signed last June with members of the Unsolicited Communications Enforcement Network. This coalition coordinates and promotes international cooperation and activities targeting unlawful communications like robocall and robotext scams. Members like the FCC share intelligence, identify common threats, learn from each other’s best practices, and assist each other with investigations where permissible.

The Memorandum of Understanding can be viewed by clicking here.

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