DOJ files suit to enforce FCC penalty for robocalls

Michael Thomas mike at
Thu Oct 21 19:08:14 UTC 2021

On 10/21/21 10:57 AM, Sean Donelan wrote:
> The multi-million dollar fines announced with great fanfaire by the 
> Federal Communication Commission are almost never collected. The FCC 
> doesn't have enforcement authority to collect fines. The FCC usually 
> withholds license renewals until penalties are paid. If the violator 
> doesn't have any FCC licenses (or doesn't care), the FCC is powerless.
> The FCC refers uncollected penalties to the Department of Justice. In 
> the past, DOJ didn't prioritize uncollected penalties and most fines 
> were never enforced.
> The Department of Justice Files Suit to Recover $9.9 Million 
> Forfeiture Penalty for Nearly 5,000 Illegally Spoofed Robocalls

So has any of the STIR/SHAKEN stuff that was mandated made any 
difference on the ground yet? I assume this is different than what you 
posted about though.


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