FCC Releases USTelecom Industry Traceback Group Designation Order & Information Request PN

On July 27, 2020, the Enforcement Bureau (“Bureau”) released a Report and Order and a Public Notice in the Implementing Section 13(d) of the Pallone-Thune Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act (“TRACED Act”) proceeding.


The Report and Order designate USTelecom – the Broadband Association (“USTelecom”)’s Industry Traceback Group (“Traceback Group”) as the registered consortium to lead private efforts to trace back the origin of suspected unlawful robocalls. The Traceback Group submitted the only application for the consortium role and the Bureau did not receive any comments specifically opposing the Traceback Group’s selection. The Bureau finds that the Traceback Group fulfills the requirements set forth in the TRACED Act – neutrality; competency; commitment to focus on fraudulent, abusive, or unlawful traffic; and inclusion of written best practices. The Bureau also declines to adopt any of the commenters’ proposals for the consortium.


The Public Notice requests that voice service providers and the Traceback Group submit any information necessary for the Commission’s annual report on the state of private-led efforts to trace back the origin of suspected robocalls, as required by the TRACED Act. The reporting period for this request is from July 27, 2020, to October 31, 2020, and submissions are due by November 15, 2020.


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