WASHINGTON, D.C. (WIVB) — In a landmark fine by the Federal Communications Commission, a private company has been fined nearly $3 million for unsolicited robotic phone calls.
The fine marks the largest fine ever dished out to a private company for robotic phone calls to citizens whose names are on the national Do-Not-Call registry. FCC enforcement officials say they learned of the violations by Florida based Travel Club Marketing Inc., and its owner Olen Miller.
Miller’s company attempts to sell time shares over the phone, and one of its methods allegedly was issuing robotic phone calls. Following complaints by the public, FCC officials say they traced at least 185 robotic phone calls back to the company.
“It is unacceptable to invade consumers’ privacy by bombarding them with unwanted and intrusive robocalls,” Travis LeBlanc, chief of the FCC Enforcement Bureau, said. “All companies, and their owners, who thwart the Do-Not-Call list should expect to face severe consequences.”
The phone calls reportedly violated a federal Communications Act, meriting the $2.96 million fine.
FCC officials say they utilized help from the public to make the fine possible. Anybody who receives a robotic phone call can report it to the FCC by calling 1-888-CALL-FCC, or by visiting this website.