Tomorrow we will interviewing Noah Rafalko of TNID, he created the video we showed in Podcast 27: Truth in Telecoms, Taking Back Control & Save Grandma – The Fight Against SMS Spam and Robocalls!
This is a call to action for everyone to click the link below to tell the FCC about your robocalling / SMS spam horror stories! www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings/express. Use 02-278 in the proceeding filed and the rest is pretty easy. Share your experiences on how Robocalls and SMS Spam have affected your family and/or business in the “Brief Comment” section.
In talking with people about their horror stories what has become apparent is moms are facing the brunt of the robo-calling / texting onslaught across their children and parents / grandparents being subjected to unwanted communications in an attempt to defraud. This is stressing families. Action is urgently required. Johnny suggested #robo-moms are currently leading the fight given the lack of support from the telecoms industry and government.
Thank you to everyone who has submitted comments. Most notably Rick Joyce posted an amazing letter to the FCC. The FCC comment link is here: https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filing/status/detail/confirmation/20240128131315280 and here is the linked document. This is a succinct review of the history of how TCR ended up being owned by Tata Communications. Critical national infrastructure that does not work is taxing American businesses and families in time, money, attention, and emotionally.
Rick then goes on to list from the November 27, 2023, Federal Trade Commission issued “Cease and Desist” letter to Tata Communications (America), Inc., which stated: “We have determined that Tata Communications (America) Inc. is apparently routing and transmitting illegal robocall traffic, directly or indirectly. <lists robocalling campaigns>.”
Rick asks the FCC to publicly and promptly ask the questions that, to date, the Campaign Registry has managed to avoid. These questions should include all of the concerns raised in these comments, namely:
- How will the foreign owners of the Campaign Registry ensure that this critical infrastructure does not pose any risks to U.S. national security, privacy and consumer protections interests?
- How will the current owners of the Campaign Registry avoid conflicts of interests when it comes to pricing their services and responding to legitimate service demands made by competing CPaaS entities?
- What technology and personnel investments will be made in the Campaign Registry over the next five years?
- What exactly is the Campaign Registry doing to protect consumers from unlawful, inappropriate and unwanted text messages?
Johnny and I then go on to review other FCC comments submitted. For me this all began when I discovered how Bill Peters was abused by Kaleyra, they tried to bury him under lawyers. As I dug into Kaleyra I discovered shocking facts, which then led onto a broader review of the US messaging market (Messaging Monopolies), and finally all the way up to the carriers (Telecom Triopoly). The articles sound far fetched, unfortunately they are facts, just look at the ridiculous situation America is in on robocalling.
If you’ve not done so already, click the link below to tell the FCC about your robocalling / SMS spam horror stories! www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings/express. Use 02-278 in the proceeding filed and the rest is pretty easy. Share your experiences on how Robocalls and SMS Spam have affected your family and/or business in the “Brief Comment” section.
Original Messaging Monopolies Post – assumes a fair bit of industry knowledge