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Lawmakers Pass New Bill to Combat Robocalls

Without a doubt, robocalls are annoying. No one enjoys receiving these phone calls. But they have existed for as long as the history of wireless carriers. And the worst part about this is that these calls have been getting worse every single year.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has even reported that they get over 200,000 complaints of these calls in just a month. Unfortunately, this number is just from those that take the time to make the phone call. There are plenty of others who let unauthorized robocalls pass. And even though there have been attempts to stop these, such as a do-not-call list, there are still plenty of robocalls that manage to get through.

Thankfully, the U.S. House of Representatives is coming up with a way to protect smartphone subscribers. Lawmakers just passed a rare bipartisan move entitled the Pallone-Thune Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act. The vote was unanimous at 417-3.

With this new bill, carriers need to make use of several approaches to fight robocalls and spam calls. The legitimacy of these calls need to be verified on databases intended for this reason. One of the scams that the lawmakers hope to address is the one-ring scams that target hospital workers and doctors who need to pick up their phones on the first ring.

In order to make this bill a success, both the U.S. carriers and the FCC will have to send their reports to Congress. The report will document how they are regularly implementing the law as well as provide actionable information to the Department of Justice (DOJ) things like where the robocalls come from. Using this information, the spammer can be prosecuted properly.

Could this initiative finally address the problem with robocalls?

Source: PhoneArena 



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