Ahead of the weekend, the Federal Communications Commission confirmed plans to fine Dialing Services, LLC $2.9 million for allegedly making numerous illegal “robocalls” to mobile phones.
In a news release issued by the FCC, the organization says these robocalls contained artificial or prerecorded voice messages on behalf of political campaigns and candidates.
The Commission had previously cited Dialing Services for making more than 4.7 million robocalls to mobile phones without consumer permission during the 2012 election cycle.
“Robocalling cell phones without a consumer’s consent is not only annoying, it is unlawful,” explains Travis LeBlanc, Acting Chief of the Enforcement Bureau. “The FCC is committed to protecting consumers from harassing, intrusive, and unwanted robocalls to cell phones, smartphones, and other mobile devices.”
Dialing Services, LLC, of Roswell, NM, operates a website that offers robocalling services to third-party “clients,” including political candidates, the FCC says, adding that these clients “pay Dialing Services to make calls that deliver an artificial or prerecorded voice message to telephone numbers of the clients’ choosing.”