It would be difficult, if not impossible, to find someone in America who enjoys being robo-called while they’re eating dinner. Telephone spam is still very real and obviously very profitable for the companies behind the various schemes.
The bill, which is officially known as the Pallone-Thune Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act, will allow both phone companies and the Federal Communications Commission to crack down on the billions of robocalls Americans suffer through every year.
“This historic legislation will provide American consumers with even greater protection against annoying unsolicited robocalls,” said White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham.
“American families deserve control over their communications, and this legislation will update our laws and regulations to stiffen penalties, increase transparency, and enhance government collaboration to stop unwanted solicitation,” Grisham added.
Some of the tools that the legislation enables includes allowing phone companies to block illegal robocalls and ensure that calls come from real numbers. Many of the robocall operations have banks of thousands of phone numbers from which their automated systems dial Americans across the country, ignoring all federal “do not call” lists.
The U.S. Government will also be able to aggressively fine robocall companies when they’re identified.
The bill came about mostly as a bi-partisan effort, presumably because it doesn’t matter how you vote — robocalls are equally annoying to us all.
Unfortunately, the new bill won’t immediately end the scourge of robocalls from shady or questionable companies, but experts say that Americans should see a great reduction in those types of calls within a six-month period.
Reducing the number of spam calls we all get each day sounds like a great way to start 2020.
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