FCC proposes record $225M fine for massive robocall campaign

Texas-based health insurance telemarketers made 1 billion illegally spoofed robocalls, says the Federal Communications Commission.

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The US Federal Communications Commission proposed on Tuesday a $225 million fine against Texas-based health insurance telemarketers for making approximately 1 billion illegally spoofed robocalls in 2019 under several business names. The telemarketers falsely claimed to offer health insurance plans through major health insurance companies, the FCC said in a release.

If approved, the FCC's proposed $225 million fine would be the largest in the commission's 86-year history. 

The proposed fine is the latest in a series of escalating efforts by the FCC to crack down on robocalls, which have recently included efforts to require all companies that provide phone service to implement automatic call blocking technology, and threats to cut off service providers that allow illegal COVID-19 related robocalls.

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