On Friday, December 20, 2019, the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (“CGB”) issued a Public Notice seeking public input on the forthcoming CGB staff report on the implementation and effectiveness of call blocking measures, as directed by the Commission (CG Docket No. 17-59, WC Docket No. 17-97).

The CGB, in consultation with the Wireline Competition Bureau and Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, is directed by the Commission to address, among other things, the availability to consumers of call-blocking solutions, the effectiveness of various categories of call-blocking tools, and the impact of previous FCC rule changes to allow voice service providers to block calls from phone numbers on a Do-Not-Originate list and those that purport to be from invalid, unallocated, or unused numbers. The CBG is also directed to study information on the impact of call blocking on 911 and public safety, as well as any other relevant information that may be helpful to inform the state of deployment of methods to eliminate illegal and unwanted calls. The Notice outlines the specific information sought under each area of reporting.

On Friday, December 27, 2019, the Commission the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau’s (“Bureau”) Public Notice in the Federal Register therefore establishing the following comment dates:

Comments are due January 29, 2020.

Reply comments are due February 28, 2020.

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