August 8, 2011
Partner Steven A. Augustino was quoted in the Heartlander Magazine article entitled, "FCC Approves ‘Spoofing' Regulations." The article discussed Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules to implement the Truth in Caller ID Act, an Act to limit caller-identification fraud. Mr. Augustino is quoted discussing the impact of the rules on the industry. He stated that, "the FCC is going to have its work cut out for it in investigating" to prove malicious intent in relatively minor cases. But in the egregious cases identified in the legislative history, "I don't think it would be too difficult to prove intent." Augustino also noted that the Act is so narrowly focused that businesses using spoofing services for legitimate reasons are not in danger. In addition, Mr. Augustino noted that the FCC asked Congress to consider expanding the Act's reach to include newer forms of communication, such as text-messaging.