For Immediate Release
Contact: Ted Hearn
PITTSBURGH, June 6, 2019 – ACA Connects President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued the following statement concerning the Declaratory Ruling on robocall blocking adopted by the Federal Communications Commission today at its public meeting:
“ACA Connects applauds the FCC for making clear that voice service providers may offer robocall blocking tools to customers on an informed opt-out basis. Today’s ruling gives assurance to ACA Connects members and other providers that they can do more to help their customers block malicious robocalls, while also preserving the right of any individual customer to make an informed choice to receive any and all incoming calls. Those consumers who are less familiar with and slower to adopt new technologies are particularly likely to benefit from blocking tools made available on an opt-out basis, as today’s ruling contemplates.
“Today’s ruling is an important step forward in addressing the robocall problem. Chairman Pai and the other Commissioners deserve praise for all of their efforts so far. Going forward, ACA Connects will continue to work in close partnership with the FCC, our industry peers, and other stakeholders on additional measures to combat the scourge of unlawful and unwanted robocalls.”
About ACA Connects: America’s Communications Association – Based in Pittsburgh, ACA Connects is a trade organization representing more than 700 smaller and medium-sized, independent companies that provide broadband, phone and video services to nearly 8 million customers primarily located in rural and smaller suburban markets across America. Through active participation in the regulatory and legislative process in Washington, D.C., ACA Connects’ members work together to advance the interests of their customers and ensure the future competitiveness and viability of their business. For more information, visit: https://acaconnects.org