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October 19, 2019

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Protect yourself from robocallers

You probably haven’t heard of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, but if you own or use a telephone, it affects you in a positive way on a daily basis. The act protects our right to tell robocallers to stop calling us and restricts the use of automated dialing systems to make robocalls and texts on a massive scale. But this consumer protection is under attack.

Wall Street banks, payday lenders, retailers and other companies using robocalls for telemarketing and debt collection are lobbying the Federal Communications Commission to dramatically loosen the rules governing robocalls and the tools used to make them.

The 702 and 775 area codes received 40 million robocalls in June alone, and if the FCC caves, robocalls will surge and we will be powerless to stop them.

Contact Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto and Dean Heller and urge them to tell the FCC to uphold the rules protecting consumers from robo-harassment.

The writer is deputy executive director of the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada.