•   over 7 years ago

A new Plan

I know it is to late to submit a plan. but I suddenly came up with an Idea that involves no equipment not already in place, the consumer needs to do nothing, and will end the use of robocalling inside of thirty days. any one interested?

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  •   •   over 7 years ago

    Simple plan is to allow states to set up phone numbers that are the same as a home number, save for one difference. these numbers act as 900 phone lines and any one that calls them is charged 10,000 USD per call. The money will be charged to the calling number and collected by the phone company. They get half and the states get half. The phone companies would then make darn sure the numbers that called these "trap" numbers is traced and billed correctly, without any consumer requirement for anything. The phone companies are already set up for this, would make a ton of money, and STILL sell the equipment to those companies that would like to buy them. First billing cycle these robocaller get hit with a million dollar phone bill, not pay, well anyone that has tried to get a phone number owing Ma Bell anything understands how hard the Telephone company fights to collect every penny. simple direct, easy and most effective

  •   •   over 7 years ago

    Since most of the "robocalls" are made either on a VOIP with the originating number spoofed, or with a MagicJack device, even the phone companies can't find the origin of the calls.

  •   •   over 7 years ago

    Does not matter. Just like calling a 900 number the tones is sent back over the connection to tell the billing computer on the other end of the line to charge the company that provided the line they are using the fee. a few charges to "Some Smuck Telecom" that they cannot pass on to the company in where ever and they will simply cut the lines the robocalls are coming from.

  •   •   over 7 years ago

    simple explanation. There is a pool of numbers used by all telephone companies within an area code. AT&T request 100 of them for a six month period. They then set them up to act like a 900 number so that anyone that calls them will be charged 10,000 dollars by THE PHONE COMPANY.
    Since these numbers are not assigned to anyone, the only way to dial them is with autodialer programs.
    Companies that provide these type of services, lease multiple lines from the Phone company. Like at any major business that has multiple lines and users on those lines, any time that phone line that is leased from the PHONE COMPANY calls one of these numbers, whoever leased the line is billed the amount of money. If some company in China is using VOIP to access the USA, it doesn't matter as the company that leased the phone lines they use to dial out on will be charged EVERY time one of the "trap numbers" is randomly dialed. Same thing if they try and spoof their phone number and caller id. The billing portion of the service provider is not part of what they can change.
    Since you could get 100 numbers in each area code, rotate the numbers every three months to cost companies time and money to add these numbers to the white list they are using, this could add up to very large amounts of money for THE PHONE Company. The phone company would be doing billing, collection, debt collection,and if some company that leased the phone lines goes out of business, and then tries to come back under a different name, the PHONE company would simply say, "sure, as soon as you pay us the 1 Million dollars you owe, we will turn on those phone lines."
    The Phone company would have a large cash incentive to pursue this, as they could sell the equipment and services to make the calls, and collect when those are used to randomly dial the "trap" numbers. Two revenue streams for one sale.
    I am sure there would be some rule changes by the agency doing this challenge to allow the phone companies to do this, but in a short period of time, I believe, the cost of doing business in this manner would simply be to high to make it profitable. Any legal calls that hit these numbers could simply show they are a legitimate company and get the billing wiped out. Rotating the numbers every three months or so would mean keeping track of these numbers, programming around dialing them, on an ongoing basis would again add cost above and beyond what the scammers are willing to pay versus their profits. Best thing is, other than oversite and regulatory changes no government involvement, no consumer involvement, and all equipment and billing procedures are already in place by phone companies to do this. No additional cost to anyone, and the phone companies begin making ever more money from day one. States that allow this behavior would get quarterly checks from the phone companies to add to their budgets without raising taxes or fees in any way.

  •   •   over 7 years ago

    Jack, First let me say that I truly like your idea, however I have one "little" problem with it,,,,exactly how do you propose to collect all that money from them? Remember we are dealing with people who already are breaking the law so what is one more law to them. Also, many of them are overseas where they have the local authorities in their back pocket and trying to get any co-operation from their law enforcement is a total waste of time. We could of course request the assistance of Navy Seal Team 6, but from what I hear, they've been pretty busy with more important matters lately. Love your idea,,,I just wish it was enforceable.

  •   •   over 7 years ago

    That is the beauty of this plan. The money is not collected from the people that are breaking the law, it is collected from whom ever is billed for the phone lines. This system could care less who and where the actual phone call originates. It would cause the companies that are providing the phone lines for this illegal to either raise their prices to the point it is no longer economically viable for this type of operation to run, or simply cease to be. either way it puts the robocallers out of business, and that is the plan. one could argue that the providers of this service are not responsible for how their customers use this service, but when someone makes 10,000 or so calls a day to random numbers, then the only conclusion a reasonable person could draw is that they knew and chose to ignore the illegal activities so I have no real heartache with them unable to pay and go out of business.

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