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CRTC, FCC sign robocall agreement

The Ottawa-based Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has signed an agreement with the US Federal Communications Commission intended to combat automated dialing-announcing device calls, more commonly known as robocalls. The formal agreement is intended to allow the two organizations to collaborate on the issue across the border and to facilitate research and educational efforts related to robocalls and caller ID spoofing. The agreement also includes training programs and staff exchanges.

"This agreement reiterates the long-standing cooperation between the FCC and CRTC, and strengthens our efforts to protect Canadians," said Steven Harroun, chief compliance and enforcement officer at the CRTC. "Working in close partnership with the FCC, we will enhance our expertise to investigate those who disregard our rules, while increasing our effectiveness in reducing unlawful and illegitimate telecommunications."

Earlier this year, the CRTC signed a memorandum of understanding with 11 international enforcement agencies to counter spam and unsolicited telecommunications, including the US Federal Trade Commission.

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