News - July 16, 2020

INCOMPAS Offers Support for FCC Call Blocking Rules

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 16, 2020) – INCOMPAS, the internet and competitive networks association, offered its support today for a rule adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to implement portions of the TRACED Act on call blocking aimed at stopping illegal robocalls.

INCOMPAS and its members have been steadfast supporters of FCC and industry efforts to stop illegal robocalls and associated fraudulent activity, including developing the STIR/SHAKEN call authentication framework.

In response to the FCC announcement today, Christopher L. Shipley, attorney and policy advisor for INCOMPAS, released the following statement of support:

“We welcome and applaud the FCC’s decision to provide safe harbor protection for voice service providers. Call blocking in a highly complex environment raises the risks of anticompetitive behavior, but the FCC’s measured and incremental approach to safe harbors strikes the appropriate balance between meeting the statutory obligations of the TRACED Act and providing voice service providers with assurances that good faith call blocking will not result in liability.”

INCOMPAS, the internet and competitive networks association, is the leading trade group advocating for competition policy across all networks. INCOMPAS represents Internet, streaming, communications and technology companies large and small, advocating for laws and policies that promote competition, innovation and economic development. Learn more at or follow us on Twitter: @INCOMPAS @ChipPickering