FCC Seeks Comment on Selection of TRACED Act Registered Traceback Consortium

On Thursday, June 17, 2021, the Enforcement Bureau (“Bureau”) released a Public Notice (DA 21-715) seeking comment on the selection of the congressionally-mandated registered traceback consortium required by the TRACED Act.  As a reminder, the TRACED Act instructs the FCC to select a single consortium that conducts private-led efforts to trace back the origin of suspected unlawful robocalls.  Further, the Act requires the FCC to consider new interested consortia on an annual basis.  Currently, USTelecom – the Broadband Association’s Industry Traceback Group (“USTelecom ITG”) is the designated consortium.

Under FCC rules, any new consortium must file a Letter of Intent to conduct private-led traceback efforts demonstrating that the entity satisfies the statutory requirements.  For 2021, ZipDX LLC submitted a Letter of Intent to be designated as the registered consortium.  The Bureau seeks comment on ZipDX’s submission and on the continuation of USTelecom ITG as the registered traceback consortium.  The Bureau plans to select the registered consortium by August 25, 2021.

Comments are due on July 2, 2021 and can be filed in EB Docket No. 20-22.

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