UTICA, N.Y. -- Congressman Anthony Brindisi is celebrating National Consumer Protection Week by throwing the weight of his office behind a new push to squash annoying and scam robocalls that are more elusive, because they originate overseas.
Most people get the unsolicited, automated, calls, not just on landlines, but cell phones now. They look like local numbers, so most will answer.
Efforts to crack down on those nuisance, spam and scam calls fell short, once they started originating overseas. But a new FCC rule in the works would strengthen those muscles.
"They're updating the law through this rule because they really don't have the ability to go after these callers who are overseas right now, so this extends the FCC's authority to go after spammers that are overseas,” said Brindisi.
The congressman sent a letter to the FCC chairman, urging them to fast-track, not slow-walk, the new rules.
And Brindisi has co-sponsored legislation that would provide better coordination among the various federal agencies charged with going after spam calls.