It was like watching a bunch of fifth graders discussing the problem of robocalls.
Not much more I can say than that.
The lack of understanding of the issues was plain. The U.S. Senators asking questions plainly did not understand the subject matter–or the witnesses they were talking to. Little was accomplished.
Still, Puja and I sat through the sprawling nearly two hour hearing providing breaking coverage and filling in the gaps left behind in the underwhelming hearing. Hundreds of you tuned in–and we appreciate you watching!–and we will have the full recording on our INCREDIBLE YouTube channel as quickly as possible.
There are not enough disappointed memes in the world to capture this…
For now here are the only take aways I have from the hearing:
- Senator Tester is a bad ass.
- Senator Vance seemed interested in going after the robocallers in their overseas enclaves which is an interesting solution.
- Senator Lujan seemed legitimately interested in solving the problem, even if he clearly did not understand the issues involved.
- All of the rest of the senators just seemed interested in reading some sob story into the record and asking some meaningless question (some of them asked the same question as others) to witnesses who were generally not qualified to respond.
- Margot Saunders SPECIFICALLY said she wants to end the “business model” of lead generators. Absolutely massive.
- Margot LIED to Congress about the content of the FCC’s consent rules. No one was there to call her out on it.
- Multiple witnesses complained about “consent farms” and misbehavior by the lead generation industry. None discussed its benefits. None discussed the work of R.E.A.C.H.
- The only “solutions” offered were Margot’s suggestion that carriers be shut down for repeatedly carrying bad traffic. Terrible idea for multiple reasons–not the least of which is that there is no law permitting that. (Margot literally said there is no law that applies to carriers, and she doesn’t support one, but she just wants the FCC to shut them down without one. WTH??)
- There was a surprising focus on generative AI from the Senator’s questions. Looks like their staffers are intrigued by the technology and are feeling around for information. Seemed like AI was feared–as something that can generate fake calls that sound like familiar vices–but also looked to as a solution–something that might some how stop unwanted calls.
We will have more coverage of the hearing and its outcome as we let the testimony sink in. Thank you again to the Reassigned Numbers Database for sponsoring TCPAWorld.com’s live coverage today.
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Chat soon TCPAWorld.