AFSA Supports FCC Efforts on Reassigned Numbers

On Aug. 28, AFSA sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) supporting its efforts to address the issues that arise when calls are made to phone numbers that have been reassigned from one consumer to another. AFSA wrote, “Reassigned phone numbers create a minefield of problems for users of automatic telephone dialing systems …. We appreciate the FCC’s recognition of this difficult situation and proposal to address it through a database.”

The FCC has proposed the development of a database for callers to verify whether a number has been reassigned. The FCC issued a request for comment inquiring about the best ways for service providers to report information about reassigned numbers and the ways that the information can be made available to callers.

AFSA believes that such a database could be helpful in reducing the number of frivolous Telephone Consumer Protection Act lawsuits.