Florida Senate - 2018 SB 962 By Senator Grimsley 26-00714A-18 2018962__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to telephone solicitation; creating s. 3 364.246, F.S.; providing a short title; defining 4 terms; authorizing telecommunication providers, with 5 authorization from a subscriber, to block certain 6 calls from reaching the subscriber; authorizing 7 telecommunication providers to rely solely upon caller 8 identification service information to determine 9 originating numbers for the purpose of blocking such 10 calls; providing an effective date. 11 12 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 13 14 Section 1. Section 364.246, Florida Statutes, is created to 15 read: 16 364.246 Florida Call-Blocking Act.— 17 (1) This section may be cited as the “Florida Call-Blocking 18 Act.” 19 (2) As used in this section, the term: 20 (a) “Caller identification service” means a service that 21 allows a telephone subscriber to have the telephone number and, 22 if available, the name of the calling party transmitted 23 contemporaneously with the telephone call and displayed on a 24 device in or connected to the subscriber’s telephone. 25 (b) “Pooling administrator” means the Thousands-Block 26 Pooling Administrator as identified in 47 C.F.R. s. 52.20. 27 (c) “Provider” means a telecommunications company that 28 provides voice communications services to customers in this 29 state. 30 (3) Consistent with authorization provided by federal law 31 and rules of the Federal Communications Commission or its 32 successors, providers operating in this state may, with 33 authorization from a subscriber, block calls to the subscriber 34 in the following manner: 35 (a) Providers may block calls from specific numbers 36 identified by the subscriber based on the originating number 37 shown in the subscriber’s caller identification service. Such 38 calls may be blocked without regard as to whether the calls 39 actually originate from that number. 40 (b) Providers may block calls originating from the 41 following numbers: 42 1. A number that is not a valid North American Numbering 43 Plan number; 44 2. A valid North American Numbering Plan number that is not 45 allocated to a provider by the North American Numbering Plan 46 Administrator or the pooling administrator; and 47 3. A valid North American Numbering Plan number that is 48 allocated to a provider by the North American Numbering Plan 49 Administrator or pooling administrator, but that is not assigned 50 to a subscriber. 51 (4) For purposes of blocking calls from certain originating 52 numbers as authorized in this section, a provider may rely on 53 caller identification service information to determine the 54 originating number. 55 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.