Senator Schumer asks Ajit Pai to protect Americans.

Charles Schumer (D-NY) plans to pressure America's comms watchdog, the FCC, for a ban on straight-to-voicemail calls that plant recorded messages on phones without them ever actually ringing.

Under proposed new rules, the practice would be exempt from "do not call" registry protections.

The senator today pointed to a petition [PDF] submitted to the FCC by a marketing company called All About The Message.

The petition asks that robocalls going directly to voicemail not be subject to FCC Telephone Consumer Protection Act rules, reasoning that by not making a consumer's phone ring, the calls are far less intrusive than normal robocalls.

Granting the petition would mean that companies making the calls would not need to abide by things like "do not call" lists or individual state laws on robocalls.

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