The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued its first-ever Initial Determination Order in an effort to block illegal overseas robocalls being transmitted through a gateway voice service provider.
Adopted by the Commission in early April, the Initial Determination Order targets One Eye LLC, a Wilmington, DE-based company, for failing to comply with FCC call-blocking rules applicable to gateway providers. Specifically, the Order cites the company for failing to respond to an FCC Notice of Suspected Illegal Robocall Traffic issued earlier this year involving phone calls impersonating representatives from Bank of American and Verizon with claims of “preauthorized orders” placed “on your name.”
In its Order, the FCC also notes that One Eye is associated with another company, PZ/Illum Telecommunications, that received a cease-and-desist letter from the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau in connection with similar illegal robocall activity. The FCC says it believes that the CEO of PZ/Illum formed One Eye following the FCC’s enforcement efforts against that company.
Under the FCC’s Initial Determination Order, One Eye has 14 days to respond to the order and to verify compliance with FCC rules. If there is no response, the FCC says it will issue a Final Determination Order, effectively requiring any providers downstream from One Eye to block any future traffic from the company.