FCC cracks down on robocalls with record $225 million fine

The Federal Communications Commission fined two Texas-based telemarketers a record $225 million on Wednesday for making automated sales phone calls, or robocalls, in 2019.

The marketers, under the business names Rising Eagle and JSquared Telecom, used robocalls to falsely sell short-term health insurance plans. They made about one billion robocalls, according to the FCC.

The fine, originally proposed last summer, is one part of an expanded effort to reign in automated sales calls the FCC announced on Wednesday. It’s the largest fine in the commission’s history.