We all hate robocollers. They’re annoying, and on some level have to be classified as harassment.
Since 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has fined robocallers, or those recognized as violators of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, upwards of $208.4 million.
This sum includes forfeiture orders including robocalling, telephone solicitation violations, and violations of the Do Not Call Registry.
However, the government has failed to follow through with these fines, only collecting $6,790.
According to Fox News, “The total amount of money secured by the Federal Trade Commission through court judgments in cases involving civil penalties for robocalls or National Do Not Call Registry-related violations, plus the sum requested for consumer redress in fraud-related cases, is $1.5 billion since 2004. It has collected $121 million of that total, said Ian Barlow, coordinator of the agency’s Do Not Call program, or about 8%. The agency operates the National Do Not Call Registry and regulates telemarketing.”
“That number stands on its own. We’re proud of it; we think our enforcement program is pretty strong,” Mr. Barlow exclaimed.
“It’s great that we have these laws; it’s great that we have public enforcement, but because there are so many calls and so many callers, the public enforcement is a joke,” stated Margot Saunders, who is the senior counsel at the National Consumer Law Center. “It doesn’t even make a dent.”
Realistically, the FCC lacks any officials capable of actually enforcing the fines, meaning they will just continue.
There were over 26 billion unwanted robocalls that were made to US mobile phones in 2018 alone, at least measured from robocall-blacking app Hiya. Another company, YouMail Inc, that offers the same services said there were even more, clocking in at 48 billion unwanted robocalls.