During the Open Meeting on March 22, 2018, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) adopted a Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“Second FNPRM”) (FCC 18-31) to address the problem of unwanted calls to reassigned numbers. Approximately 35 million numbers are disconnected and made available for reassignment to new consumers each year, and when reassigned, the new subscriber may receive unwanted calls intended for the previous subscriber. Therefore, to combat this issue the FCC proposes to ensure that one or more databases are available to provide callers with the appropriate information to discover potential reassignments before making a call. To that end, the FCC seeks comment on (1) the specific information that callers need from a reassigned numbers database; and (2) the best way to make that information available to callers that want it.
Pursuant to an April 23, 2018 Federal Register publication, the following comment dates have been established:
Comments are due on June 7, 2018.
Reply Comments are due on July 9, 2018.
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